The Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center once again welcomed visitors Saturday, April 3, after a year of off-and-on coronavirus-related closures.

It was the first time the center, at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, was able to allow guests inside in months.

To visit the aquarium, guests must make reservations. If they walk up, they can choose to wait for the next available 15-minute slot. Groups are capped at six people, as no more than 12 people can be in the building at one time, per coronavirus health guidelines.

Entry remains donation-based. The Roundhouse will open from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Visitors still won’t be able to pet the animals at the touch tanks.

Guests with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, a cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, or any other sign of COVID-19 will be asked to visit another day.

Those 2 years of age and older must wear masks; masks will be available to guests who make a donation.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exit, and guests must maintain 6 feet of distance between those from other households.

The aquarium also won’t allow strollers, luggage that wouldn’t fit in an airplane’s overhead compartments, or food or drinks. Support dogs may be carried and service dogs are allowed on the floor inside.

The Roundhouse is also offering a virtual Earth Day series throughout the month. Register for those events at

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