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Washington Monument Reopens to Public After Lightning


The Washington Monument reopened to the public on Sunday, August 29, after remaining closed for two weeks due to damages from a lightning strike.

The announcement came from the National Park Service. Timed entry passes for the monument are now available here. No entry passes can be obtained on-site at this time.

You can reserve your tickets starting at 10 am each day for a visit planned for the next day. Up to six tickets can be reserved by an individual per day. Children younger than two years of age do not need a ticket.

There is also a $1 reservation fee per ticket which is non-refundable.

The National Park Service notes that demand for the monument’s tickets is extremely high and all tickets are routinely distributed in a few minutes every day.

Visitors — who are older than two — are required to wear face coverings inside the monument, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

On August 15, the Washington Monument was hit by lightning and forced to close.

It had reopened in mid-July after remaining closed for six months due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The monument’s comprehensive safety measures against the pandemic include:

  • Significantly reduced elevator capacity, limiting trips to four-eight passengers to allow for physical distancing
  • Touchless check-in
  • Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the monument

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