The Washington Monument reopens to the public for the first time after six months.

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The National Park Service reopened the Washington Monument on Wednesday for the first time in several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

For the first time in several months, the Washington Monument reopened to the public on Wednesday.

The famous monument on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall was closed in January to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The National Parks Service said in a statement this week that advance tickets, available online, are required and none will be sold on-site.

Officials also stated that all visitors, regardless of immunisation status, must wear a mask.

The epidemic forced the monument to close in March 2020, only to reopen seven months later before closing again in January.

The Washington Monument is the most recent museum or attraction to open in Washington, D.C. as a consequence of limitations being lifted.

Last month, the area reopened with most restrictions on public and commercial activity eased. In May, the Smithsonian reopened many of its museums, including the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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