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.