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Navy Pier Reopening With Restrictions Amid Coronavirus

The Ferris wheel remains closed, but there will be outdoor dining, tour boat rides and more.

File Photo: Fireworks at Navy Pier in July 2015.
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CHICAGO — Navy Pier plans to reopen Wednesday, though the famed lakefront attraction will have restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Navy Pier has been closed since March 16 due to the pandemic, but the city and state are now allowing more places to reopen. The pier will take its first steps toward doing that next week, when some of its restaurants will have outdoor dining and some of its attractions will reopen, according to a press release.

The pier will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, though hours may vary for individual businesses.

Visitors will have to wear face coverings and must try to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing.

The attraction has implemented “multiple layers of stringent cleaning and disinfecting,” and employees have bene given personal protective equipment and will have to do temperature checks prior to their shifts, according to Navy Pier.

Here’s what will reopen:

  • Parking garages
  • Polk Bros Park
  • Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion
  • North and south docks
  • Pier Park (though the rides remain closed)
  • East End Plaza
  • Outdoor dining
  • Tour boats

The Centennial Ferris wheel remains closed, as do other Pier Park rides, but it will open at a later date with restrictions, according to Navy Pier.

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