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Washington Monument to Close Temporarily Starting March 14

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Date: March 13, 2020
Contact: Mike Litterst, 202-306-4166

Washington – Today, the National Park Service temporarily suspended elevator tours in the Washington Monument, effective March 14. Visitors are invited to continue to enjoy the Washington Monument grounds as well as other monuments along the National Mall.

The health and safety of people working at and entering the Washington Monument is our number one priority. We are working with the National Park Service Office of Public Health and the U.S. Public Health Service to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and outbreak of respiratory disease caused by COVID-19. A reopening date has not been determined at this time. We will notify the public when we reopen the monument and provide updates on our website and social media feeds.

In the meantime, we continue to remind our visitors to follow the CDC’s guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

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Last updated: March 17, 2020

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