Do I have to wear a face covering when visiting the Aquarium?

In line with new government guidance, from Saturday 8th August, we require all visitors to wear face coverings when indoors at the Aquarium.

Even our Orca has popped one on in solidarity with all of our visitors. The question is, would a whale or dolphin wear a mask on their mouths or over their blowholes!? 

Who is exempt from wearing one?

Children under 11 years old are exempt, although if they wish to wear one they may.

We are aware that there are a variety of health conditions that mean that some adults are exempt from wearing a face covering. Those who are exempt are still welcome to visit the Aquarium.

When do I put my face covering on?

Our Welcome team will ask you to put your mask on before entering the Aquarium, please let us know at this point if you are unable to wear a face covering.

Will Aquarium Staff be wearing them?

All of our front of house staff will either be wearing visors or face masks in the Aquarium. Where there are Perspex screens at till points, staff may not be wearing a face covering at all times.

Masks are available to purchase at all till points at the NMA if you forget yours.

If you’d like to visit our Aquarium, you’ll need to pre-book your tickets online.

If you have any questions ahead of your visit head to our FAQs page here.

Thank you for supporting our charity.

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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