AttractionsThe White House is opening its doors to more visitors with the complete return of its full operating schedule in July.

It’s official, White House tours are back

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Public tours of the White House will return to a full operating schedule from 19 July.
Public tours of the White House will return to a full operating schedule from 19 July. Photo Credit: GettyImages/Vacclav

The White House has announced that its free public tours will return to a full operating schedule next month.

Public tours had previously resumed on a limited basis on 15 April, available only from 8am to 12.30pm on Friday and Saturday. From 19 July, visitors will have more options on when to book a tour as it returns to its normal schedule that spans Tuesday to Saturday, with the exception of federal holidays.

As with its operational practices prior to the pandemic, tours are free to the public on a first come, first served basis. Tour requests are to be submitted a minimum of 21 days in advance, and not exceeding 90 days in advance. When a tour request is confirmed for a certain date, the White House will issue the group a specific time.

The White House said that it will “continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 situation with guidance based on recommendations from the CDC, and other public health officials and medical experts, and reserves the right to adjust availability of the public tours as necessary to adhere to the latest health guidance."

It added that anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 or is a close Covid-19 contact at least 10 days before the tour to avoid visiting the White House. Face masks will be made available for visitors when entering the White House for those who choose to wear them.

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