The Washington Monument, closed six months ago amid the coronavirus pandemic, reopened Thursday with new safety measures and cleaning procedures.

The new procedures include a reduced elevator capacity of eight people at a time practicing social distancing, a face mask requirement and midday closures for cleaning, the National Park Service said.

Tickets for the Washington Monument will be available online only from Each ticket, which costs $1.50, is good for groups of up to four people.

The park service says visitors can reserve tickets one day prior to arriving at the monument, which will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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