Elvis Presley’s Graceland Is Reopening With Capacity Restrictions, Temperature Checks
Staff members are required to wear masks and visitors are highly encouraged to do the same.
Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and get ready to rock: Graceland, the home of the famed Elvis Presley, is reopening this week.
The Memphis mansion, which is spread out over 100 acres and features everything from Elvis and Priscilla's wedding attire to the King of Rock 'n' Roll’s final resting place, will reopen on May 21 with 25 percent capacity restrictions. Restaurants will also be limited to 50 percent capacity.
“We are helping Memphis and Tennessee to get back to some sense of normality,” Joel Weinshanker, the managing partner of Graceland Holdings, said in a statement. “We’re doing this in a safe manner and in the best interest for our community, our employees and our guests. Together, we will succeed.”
In addition to limiting the number of people allowed in, Graceland will require staff to wear masks, encourage guests to do the same, and require everyone entering to undergo a temperature check, the attraction's website says. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed to enter.
Cleaning protocols have been implemented, including the use of UV Light Sanitizer Wands, and hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the property. Contactless payment options, including Apple Pay and Google Pay, in ticketing, retail areas, and restaurants will be available. Tickets are also available for purchase in advance.
The attraction dedicated to the "Hound Dog" singer typically sees more than 600,000 visitors annually, The Associated Press noted. In that vein, the tourist attraction is “strongly” encouraging people to purchase tickets in advance.
This opening follows Tennessee's decision last week to allow larger, non-contact attractions to reopen, including amusement parks, waterparks, theaters, and large museums. The state has recorded more than 18,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 3,800 in Shelby County where Memphis is located, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
Graceland isn’t the only popular Tennessee attraction to open up recently. Great Smoky Mountains National Park started welcoming visitors earlier this month as part of a phased reopening.