After a bit of a delay, Patriot’s Point is reopening this weekend! On Friday, May 22nd the public can return to explore parts of the museum yet again. To prepare, the staff aboard the USS Yorktown installed ultraviolet (UV) light air purifiers all around the aircraft carrier. They also added dozens of new hand sanitizer stations around the ship. When it opens, visitors will only have access to self-guided tour routes. All guests are asked to follow social distancing guidelines.
Educational programs and guided tours will not be sold at this time. Overnight camping operations remain suspended until further notice. Enclosed exhibits such as the submarine Clamagore, Apollo 8 space capsule, flight simulator, and bunkers in the Vietnam Experience will remain closed.
While closed because of COVID-19, the Patriots Point staff stripped and repainted tour routes. They’ve also redone ladder wells and open spaces aboard the museum’s flagship. The process includes blowing dirt and dust from the overhead areas, scraping off old paint, and then recoating the ship bulkheads and decks using the original U.S. Navy soft white, gray or green colors. The team at Patriots Point reconfigured nd consolidated the five self-guided tour routes aboard the USS Yorktown to four easy to follow routes that incorporate new signage featuring Patriots Point’s mascot Scrappy as the guide.
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