COVID-19 Information

Safety Precautions

Increased cleaning and sanitizing

Temperature and health screening

Social distancing of at least 6ft

Face masks are required

Wash or sanitize your hands often

Phase 2B

Phase 2B

Socially-distanced guided tours and family adventures, offered on a limited basis, with mixed groups of 10 or fewer.

Phase 1: Solitary Rocky Planets

Exclusive programs for groups of 10 or fewer cohabiting or cotraveling people.

 

Phase 1A 

Premium Access to the Giovale Open Deck Observatory, a fully outdoor experience for guests cohabiting or cotraveling in groups of 10 or fewer.

 

 

Phase 1B

  • Premium Access to the Giovale Open Deck Observatory, a fully outdoor stargazing experience for guests cohabiting or cotraveling in groups of 10 or fewer
  • Premium Access to the 24” Dyer Telescope, private stargazing experience for guests cohabiting or cotraveling in groups of 5 or fewer
  • Premium Access to the 24” Clark Refractor (currently in hibernation for winter), private stargazing experience for guests cohabiting or cotraveling in groups of 10 or fewer

 

 

Gating Criteria: 

  • CDC Phase 1 Thresholds

 

Alignment with CDC Phase 1:

  • Strict physical distancing when in public
  • Public groups limited to 10 people for the GODO and Clark, 5 people for the Dyer
  • Non-essential travel discouraged

Phase 2: Many-Mooned Gas Giants

Guided tours with social distancing for mixed groups of guests.

 

Phase 2A:

  • Socially-distanced Guided Tours and Family Adventures, offered on a limited basis, with small mixed groups.
  • Premium Access to the 24” Clark Refractor (seasonally) or the 24” Dyer Telescope, private stargazing experiences for guests cohabiting or cotraveling in groups of 10 or fewer

Gating Criteria: 

  • CDC Phase 2 Thresholds 

 

Alignment with CDC Phase 2:

  • Moderate physical distancing when in public
  • Public groups limited to 50 people
  • Non-essential travel okay

 

Phase 2B: 

  • Socially-distanced Guided Tours and Family Adventures with mixed groups of 10 or fewer, full schedule in effect
  • Premium Access to the 24” Clark Refractor or the 24” Dyer Telescope, private stargazing experiences for guests cohabiting or cotraveling in groups of 10 or fewer

 

Gating Criteria: CDC Phase 2 Thresholds 

 

Alignment with CDC Phase 2:

  • Moderate physical distancing when in public
  • Public groups limited to 50 people
  • Non-essential travel okay

Phase 3: The Kuiper Belt

Adds general admission, at first with a capped daily limit.

 

Phase 3A: 

  • General admission with a daily cap to limit the total number of guests on Mars Hill
  • Guided Tours and Family Adventures
  • Premium Access to the 24” Clark Refractor or the 24” Dyer Telescope

Gating Criteria:

  • CDC Phase 3 Thresholds
  • No sustained local transmission

 

Alignment with CDC Phase 3:

  • Limited physical distancing when in public
  • Minimal time spent in crowds
  • Non-essential travel okay

 

Phase 3B:

  • General admission with no restrictions
  • Guided Tours and Family Adventures
  • Premium Access to the 24” Clark Refractor or the 24” Dyer Telescope

Gating Criteria:

  • Wide availability of a vaccine for COVID-19
  • No sustained state transmission

Procedures & Frequently Asked Questions

Our visitor experience associates employ increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures in our bathrooms and high-touch areas like doors, countertops, and card-readers. Lowell educators sanitize telescope eyepieces between use by staff and group members, as well as between different groups.

During your visit, please keep a distance of at least 6 feet between other groups and staff members.

We require that all vaccinated and unvaccinated guests above the age of 2 years wear a face covering while indoors during their visit, including while in restrooms. If you do not have a mask that meets our requirements, a disposable one will be provided for you. We also carry CDC guideline-compliant face masks for purchase in our Starry Skies Shop.

We encourage guests to wash and sanitize their hands regularly during their visit. Antibacterial hand soap is available in our restrooms and hand sanitizer dispensers are located for your use throughout campus.

If you cannot wear a mask, it’s best for you to visit the observatory at another time. The health and safety of our staff and guests is our number one priority, particularly as we move into the later stages of our phased reopening plan

No, vaccinations are not required for your visit, nor are you required to disclose your vaccination status to observatory staff.

Guest Agreement

Before visiting the observatory, guests must agree to the following guidelines:

Everyone entering Lowell Observatory over the age of 2 years is required—whenever indoors— to wear a face mask that completely covers their nose and mouth, and fits snugly on the face. If your mask does not meet our requirements or you do not have one, one will be provided for you.

Lowell Observatory follows CDC guidelines and are subject to change.