The Vancouver Aquarium is reopening this Friday. After the longest closure in its 64 year history took the Aquarium to the brink of the abyss, it is ready to rise again. The Vancouver institution was aided during the COVID era closure by a community campaign with Whitecaps FC selling custom-designed face masks. However, even with the exceptional public response to the fundraising campaign, Vancouver Aquarium is still struggling financially. Admission revenues from reopening are much needed. Every ticket purchased helps to ensure the future of the aquarium.
When guests return to Vancouver Aquarium on June 26, 2020, they will notice some changes to meet COVID era protocols, including:
- Visitors and Members?must?reserve tickets online, in advance. Tickets are?date and time specific to control the number of people in the Aquarium at one time.?? Tickets will not be sold at the gate. Visitor maps will only be available online.
- In the initial reopening weeks, visitor admissions will be reduced to approximately 20-to-30% of normal capacity to allow space for physical distancing.
- Visitors who are unwell, or who are displaying signs of COVID-19, will not be permitted entry.
- Non-medical masks are mandatory for all visitors?(excluding children under?the age of?3).?If you don’t already have a mask, you?can purchase one when you arrive at the Aquarium.?
- Tickets will allow guests approximately 1.5 hours to follow a one-way path through the Vancouver Aquarium’s main level and outdoor exhibits.
- Limited food and beverage will available for purchase onsite, subject to enhanced sanitation and distancing protocols. Plexiglass barriers have been installed at all service areas.
- The Vancouver Aquarium Gift Shop is open, guests are encouraged to shop online at vanaquashop.org prior arriving at the Aquarium then pick up your purchase on-site after your visit. No cash will be accepted onsite, credit and debit payments only.
- Interactive exhibits have been removed, and the lower level of the Aquarium, as well the Clownfish Cove play area and 4D Theatre, will remain closed during the initial opening. Storage lockers will not be available either.
- Hand sanitizing stations?and?physical distancing measures?and signage?are in place throughout the Aquarium.??
- Washrooms will be available throughout the building and sanitized and maintained frequently, as well the entire Aquarium will have increased cleaning and sanitization procedures. High traffic areas will receive increased spot cleaning.
Book tickets online at vanaqua.org now to show your support of the Vancouver Aquarium and of Ocean Wise’s research, conservation, education and animal rescue work.