The National Park Service (NPS) announced that the Washington Monument will remain closed to the public until further notice as part of its efforts to protect staff and visitors from COVID-19.
The Washington Monument was closed on January 11 as a security measure ahead of Inauguration Day.
The decision to keep the monument closed indefinitely has been taken in line with local and federal guidance, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and was consulted with the National Park Service Office of Public Health.
“The National Park Service will monitor public health conditions in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as the opening status of other nearby visitor attractions, and reopen the Washington Monument and other indoor park facilities as soon as it deems it is safe to do so,” the agency said in a release on Saturday.
The closure affects all indoor attractions that are part of National Mall and Memorial Parks, including Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site and the tour of the Old Post Office Tower, according to the statement.
Outdoor memorials on the National Mall will still be open, as well as public restrooms.
To view the full list of closures and changes to operating status on the National Mall, click here.