New England Aquarium Anticipates Busy Week Ahead Of April Vacation

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The New England Aquarium is looking forward to welcoming a lot more visitors next week when Massachusetts schools break for April vacation.

The sea life center in Boston's downtown waterfront is urging families to get their tickets now in advance of vacation week on April 19-23, as stricter gathering limits are currently in place to limit the spread of Covid-19.

"We'll continue to reevaluate our building capacity," Christine Rohrer, the Director of Visitor Services and the Box Office said. "Right now we're consciously keeping it below the 50 percent state limits so we can ensure that our visitors and staff have the safest possible experience."

Rohrer said staff members will also be on site to guide families on how to move through the center safely, while maintaining six feet of social distancing.

The New England Aquarium first reopened back to the public in February. It's facility is home to thousands of aquatic animals --- including seals, penguins, fish and more. One of it's most famous inhabitants is Myrtle the green sea turtle, who lives in the center's four-story-high ocean tank.

The building is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All people over the age of five will be required to wear a mask while visiting the center.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin (@mikemacklinwbz) reports.

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