White House in the US is all set to host public tours starting September 12, 2020, with all the safety precautions in place. Public tours of the White House, the official residence and workplace of the United States’ President, were halted nearly six months ago due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike five days a week prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the present tours will be scheduled twice a week for limited hours, i.e., public tours will be organized every Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This announcement was made last week by ‘The Office of the First Lady of the US.’ It said, “In order to ensure the safety and health of all visitors, there have been new policies implemented that align with the guidance issued by Federal, State, and local officials.”
The number of visitors is also capped at 18% of the normal capacity to ensure social distancing. The visitor area will be marked with social distancing dots to guide guests during the check-in process. Hand sanitizers will also be made available in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene. Except for children below two years of age, everyone must put on face masks throughout the tour.
The Safety Precautions mentioned in the official statement noted, “National Park Service, U.S. Secret Service Officers, and Visitors Office staff working the tour route will wear face coverings, gloves, and encourage social distancing when engaging with guests on the complex.”
People wishing to be a part of this tour need to submit their request for a White House tour at least 21 days prior to the desired tour date. The limited number of guests allowed will be decided on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. A specific time will be assigned to the guests whose tour is confirmed — the length of this self-guided tour is approximately 45 minutes. The White House Boarding Pass will also be issued ahead of their tour date.
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