Museums and attractions around Baltimore are slowly beginning to reopen after the city officially entered the next phase of coronavirus recovery last week.
Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said at a news conference on June 19 that the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations trended downward to warrant the move. In addition to social amenities, pools, houses of worship, salons and gyms were allowed to open.
“All of these things are low risk, but not without risk,” Young, a Democrat, said at a news conference Friday. “The threat of COVID-19 is still present in Baltimore City.
The city entered Phase 2 of Gov. Larry Hogan’s “Roadmap to Recovery” nearly two weeks after the Republican authorized the reopenings. Hogan left it up to local officials to decide when to lift restrictions in their communities.
Here are the places reopening — with restrictions — this week:
The Maryland Zoo
The zoo will reopen to members only starting on Wednesday, June 24 and then expand to the general public on Saturday, June 27.
Several new measures are in place like purchasing tickets online, a one-way path through the zoo and indoor spaces (like the Tundra Buggy and Chimpanzee Forest) will be closed. There are also a few rides and attractions that will remain closed (the Goat Corral, Jones Falls Zephyr Train, carousel, playground, as well as the Tree and Barn silo slides.)
Masks are mandatory at the main gate entry, gift shop and concession stands. Masks are not required for visitors throughout the entire zoo, but they are recommended.
B & O Railroad Museum
The museum is set to reopen on Thursday, June 25 at 10 a.m. Patrons will be asked to wear masks, practice social distancing and frequently use hand sanitizer.
Baltimore Museum of Art
The inside galleries will remain closed but all of the museum’s outdoor sculpture gardens will reopen on Wednesday, June 24 at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Admission is free.