The National Aquarium will require all visitors ages 12 and older to provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 upon entry, effective Jan. 25.
“Since the pandemic began, we have grounded our policies and practices in the best available science,” says John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO, in a news release. “This led us to require our own staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated, and it now compels us to extend that commitment to all who visit.
The New York Times Covid Case and Risk Tracker reported an average of 1,195 cases per day on Jan. 12 in Baltimore–a 32 percent decrease from the average two weeks ago–which means the unvaccinated are at “extremely high” risk. January has been the month with the highest average cases in Baltimore, according to the tracker.
“The science is clear: this is singularly the best way to protect public health and reduce transmission of the virus,” Racanelli says.
To be fully vaccinated, you must have received a full dosage of any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization– Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson– at least 14 days prior to visiting the National Aquarium, a news release states.
An original, copy or digital photo of a CDC vaccination card is sufficient.
If you have a similar document from another state, local or foreign government that clearly indicates the full administration of an approved vaccine, a printed record from a vaccine provider or a digital record from Clear App, MyIR Mobile, Excelsior Pass or a stored electronic record in your mobile wallet, these will also be accepted.
Visitors age 18 and older must have matching photo ID, such as driver’s license, non-driver government ID card, passport, and school ID card.
Negative COVID-19 test results will be accepted for guests with a medical or religious exemption. The test must be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of the visit. No at-home test results will be accepted.
Proof of the negative test must include name, date, type of test and clear indication of a negative result.
Polices are subject to change, so please stay up to date with the National Aquarium’s COVID-19 safety page.