- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2020

The National Park Service is temporarily closing the Washington Monument beginning Friday after an employee was potentially exposed to the coronavirus.

The park service did not announce a reopening date.

The agency said Thursday that the closure is “due to a reduction in its workforce resulting from a potential COVID-19 exposure.”

The 555-foot obelisk dedicated to America’s first president reopened Oct. 1 with coronavirus mitigation measures for staff and visitors. The safety protocols include mask and social distancing requirements, online ticket distribution, and additional cleaning and disinfecting during the day.

• Emily Zantow can be reached at ezantow@washingtontimes.com.

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