By CBSLA Staff

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – For the first time in 2021, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will fully reopen next week.

The Aquarium will allow 25% capacity for members starting March 15 and for the general public on March 16.

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Advance reservations will be required, along with the now-standard safety protocols, including face masks for everyone ages two and up and temperature checks for everyone.

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Last December, after the state issued another regional stay-at-home order, the Aquarium put out a request for donations to help stay afloat.

“We have survived, and our animals have thrived the last year only because of the support of our donors, help from the City of Long Beach, and dedication of our staff,” said Dr. Peter Kareiva, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO. “With our reopening, we can continue to give back to our communities through our educational programs and provide an experience for visitors that embodies spring and recovery.”

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Visit the Aquarium’s website for more details.