USS Constitution reopened to free public visitation on Aug. 7 and is scheduled to continue to open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Approximately 1,000 guests visited Old Ironsides during the reopening weekend, from Aug. 7-9.
To ensure the safety of guests and USS Constitution’s Sailors during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the crew is following the preventative guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of the Defense and Navy leadership.
All guests are required to wear a face covering, and groups are limited to 25 people or less to promote social distancing.
Visits last approximately 30 minutes, and the ship’s crew clean and sanitize surfaces and handrails between visitor groups. In mid-March, USS Constitution closed to public visitation to reduce exposure to COVID-19, and the crew began offering virtual tours, hosting more than 3 million virtual visitors.
Virtual tours will continue Monday to Thursday at 10 a.m. on the ship’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial.
During each virtual tour, the ship’s active-duty Sailors take viewers through the ship, to include several areas normally closed to the public, and provide an opportunity for viewers to ask live questions.
At this time, no Sailors assigned to USS Constitution have tested positive for COVID-19.
The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation to more than 600,000 people a year as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history, maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence.