The Biden administration announced Tuesday that public tours of the White House will resume April 15, two years after the free tours ceased during the coronavirus pandemic.
The reopening comes after the White House this month ended its face mask mandate on the White House grounds as COVID-19 cases have plummeted in Washington, D.C. Washington's COVID-19 level is considered low based on CDC metrics.
Public tours will initially be available Fridays and Saturdays, excluding federal holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the White House announced. The schedule is subject to change for inclement weather or official use.
Face masks will be optional for visitors.
The White House advised visitors stay home if they test positive for COVID-19, have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 should stay home within 10 days of their planned visit.
"The White House will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation with guidance based on recommendations from the CDC, and other public health officials and medical experts, and reserves the right to adjust availability of the public tours as necessary to adhere to the latest health guidance," the White House said.
Requests for White House tours must be submitted to a member of Congress or their congressional tour coordinator between 21 and 90 days of a requested tour date. The White House schedules tours on a first come, first served basis.
The U.S. Capitol remains closed for tours, but House and Senate leaders are considering a plan to reopen the building to the public on March 28, according to reports from CNN and the Washington Post.
The White House said additional information about springtime events such as the Spring Garden Tours and White House Easter Egg Roll will be released in the coming days.
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