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Cleveland Museum of Natural History reopens: Masks required

Here is what you can expect during your next visit.

CLEVELAND — The reopening process continues in Northeast Ohio as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History begins welcoming guests back starting Wednesday.

The museum's return, however, comes with new coronavirus safety protocols – including a mask requirement.

“All museum staff and guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear protective face coverings until further notice,” according to the museum’s site.

The museum has outlined all of their safety changes online, which include wellness checks, a one-way traffic flow through all exhibits, distancing between groups and a ticket reservation system. There will also be additional hand-sanitizer stations throughout the exhibit area.

"If you or a close contact has experienced symptoms within two weeks of your planned visit, please do not attempt to visit the museum," officials note in their reopening plan.

The museum's store will have increased cleaning, plexiglass shields at checkout and touchless payment options.

The following attractions will be closed at the museum until further notice: 

  • Shafran Planetarium
  • Smead Discovery Center
  • High-touch exhibits

"We feel it is as important as ever that our community members have the opportunity to engage with science and learn about their place in the natural world," the museum's reopening plan states. "As we welcome you back to our campus and join you on your journey of discovery, we will do all that we can to best ensure your safety during your visit."

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium and the Cleveland Museum of Art also reopened this week.