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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex open for Fourth of July

Antonia Jaramillo
Florida Today

Published 11:26 AM EDT Jul 2, 2020

As individuals along the Space Coast prepare for the Fourth of July weekend, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be among those attractions open for people to visit this weekend.

The complex, which reopened May 28 after being shut down for over two months due to the novel coronavirus, continues to remain open at limited capacity for visitors despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida. 

To ensure guests’ and employees’ health and safety, the visitor complex reduced capacity to 50% and recommends all guests purchase their tickets in advance, KSC Visitor Complex Public Relations and Communications Manager Rebecca Shireman told FLORIDA TODAY in a statement. 

The complex also closed down certain attractions such as the Apollo/Saturn V Center, and the bus tours to ensure proper social distancing.

Starting July 6, the visitor complex will reopen its Imax theater, the Shuttle Launch Experience, the pre-shows for the Space Shuttle Atlantis and Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, as well as expanding dining options, according to the visitor complex’s press release. The attractions had previously been closed when the park first reopened. 

Due to certain attractions being closed, the complex is offering a $30 admission ticket — down from $57 — through July 5, which includes a complimentary ticket for guests to use in 2021 to enjoy the park’s full experience. Starting July 6, admission will increase to $57, but will still include a complimentary ticket for next year. 

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In order to comply with CDC guidelines, the visitor complex is requiring all guests and employees to wear masks as well as have temperature screenings when entering the complex. The park also has limited operating hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It used to be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There is also signage located throughout the complex signaling to maintain 6-feet separation, as well as hand sanitizing stations located in various areas.

Contact Antonia Jaramillo at 321-242-3668 or antoniaj@floridatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AntoniaJ_11.

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