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Palace Museum increases daily visitor limit after reopening

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The Palace Museum, which reopened in Beijing, China on May 1, has adjusted its daily limit to 8,000 visitors from May 12. The attraction has implemented a series of measures in response to coronavirus.

The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, closed on January 25 as the global outbreak of coronavirus forced closures all over China.

The museum, which reopened with a daily limit of 5,000 visitors, has implemented a series of measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include compulsory reservation, staggered admission, and visitor flow monitoring and control, in light of the current situation.

Daily limit increases from 5,000 to 8,000 visitors

Tickets for admission must be purchased online at least one day in advance with a valid ID. Ticket sales end when the daily quota is reached.

For admission into the Palace Museum, visitors must present a valid ID and health QR code. Guests will also be required to undergo temperature checks before entry.

Visitors must wear a face mask at all times, also keeping a distance of at least 1m from other guests and not crowding or gathering in groups.

“Thanks to the support and cooperation of our visitors, the museum operates smoothly and all epidemic prevention and control measures and services have been fully implemented,” reads a statement.

Visitors must wear masks and keep distance

The Palace Museum will now allow 8,000 daily visitors, of which 5,000 will be given entry between 8.30am and 1pm. The remaining 3,000 will be granted entry between 1pm and 4pm.

During the temporary closure, the Palace Museum held several livestream guided tours to celebrate its 600th anniversary, which attracted millions of viewers.

Following months of closures, the attractions industry is now picking up in China, as more than 23 million domestic tourist trips were made in the country on May 1, kicking off the five-day May Day holiday.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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