Play Safe Together

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to many frequently asked questions about our operational adjustments.

Managing Attendance Capacity

Yes, we are limiting attendance at our aquarium during our reopening.

Social distancing guidelines are limiting the capacity of the aquarium on a daily basis. Both annual passholders and general admission guests will be required to reserve the date you wish to visit the aquarium to remain socially distanced.

A majority of the experiences within the aquarium are scheduled to open. Select experiences will not be available during this phase, and some queue experiences may be slightly altered as we implement our new procedures.

Areas where social distancing can’t be achieved will be temporarily closed including interactive, play areas and some animal encounters. This includes the play climber, the crawl through tunnel and pop ups. Animal touch experiences may also not be available during your visit.

We will follow social distancing guidelines in our restaurant. We will be following those guidelines and will be reducing capacity at Sharky’s Cafe to allow guests to have more space.

Maintain A Safe And Healthy Environment

While you are with us, you are expected to comply with the following*:

  • Respect each other as well as our employees; verbal abuse of other guests or our employees will not be tolerated.
  • Wear a mask covering nose and mouth at all times while on property, except while eating or drinking. You should be stationary and maintain appropriate Social Distancing while eating and drinking.
  • Refrain from fighting, horseplay, taunting or threatening remarks & gestures.
  • Do not create disruption with behavior that is unruly, disruptive or illegal.
  • Weapons are not allowed on the premises, including knives with blades longer than 3 1/2 inches.
  • Follow instructions from employees regarding operations and procedures.

Any Guest who fails to comply with the Terms of Sale, including without limitation those listed above, may at the discretion of Newport Aquarium have their Ticket revoked or confiscated by Newport Aquarium here with no refund of any amount paid therefor. Upon such revocation or confiscation, the applicable Guest and all members of their party shall have no right to remain in, on, or about the Property. Newport Aquarium reserves the right to ban such individuals from future admission to all or any of its Properties or from participation in any Herschend Family Entertainment Activities.

*A full list of Terms and Conditions applicable to your visit are set forth in the Terms of Sale, which may be found online at or picked up at Guest Services. Your purchase of a Ticket and entering the premises constitutes your agreement to and acceptance of the Terms of Sale.

Face masks or face coverings are required for all visitors ages 2 and older. Employees will wear face masks. Exceptions for wearing a face mask are below.

  • Children 1 and under

  • Eating or drinking – both at a restaurant or while walking/sitting

  • When taking photos

  • While occupying a private, rented space if 6 ft. can be maintained between groups.

Facial coverings in line with CDC’s guidelines are considered appropriate for your visit, and should cover an individual’s nose and mouth. Costume masks and veils will not be considered as facial coverings and are not permitted.

We have arranged tables and seating so that guests can remove their face coverings while they eat. But we ask that they wear them at all other times.

Guests not feeling well, should choose another day to visit. In addition, employees not feeling well will be sent home.

Masks and Face Coverings

Per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings/masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up and employees at this time, with some exceptions. The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. Masks with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, per CDC recommendation, we do not allow masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Some of the exceptions where masks are not required are while eating or drinking in Sharky’s Cafe.

If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering/mask, our alternative accommodation is for you to bring a face shield to wear during your visit. Face shield must cover nose and mouth. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin. Wearing a face shield as an accommodation must be approved by our customer service center.

Yes, all employees and vendors are required to wear masks. Each employee is provided a clean mask when they arrive and will wear throughout their shift. Staff have also been trained on hygiene practices.

The state of medical knowledge is evolving, however, the CDC has currently determined that the virus spreads from person-to-person contact. People can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. Wearing a mask or face covering reduces the likelihood of spreading the virus through airborne respiratory droplets, when talking, sneezing and coughing. Therefore, the CDC recommends widespread use of cloth masks when 6 ft. of social distancing cannot be maintained.

In these unprecedented times, wearing a mask or face covering shows mutual respect and care for fellow guests and our team members who serve you while visiting the aquarium.

Guests will be expected to wear a mask or face covering while on property. Specific exceptions will be granted including the below, but only when 6 ft. of social distancing space outside your family unit is maintained:

  • Children 1 and under

  • Eating or drinking – both at a restaurant or while walking/sitting

  • When taking photos

Guests are encouraged to bring a mask with them when visiting. However, masks will be provided for guests in need. We recommend reviewing the CDC's webpage on appropriate daily-use facemask for additional guidance

COVID-19 is worldwide pandemic. A significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. The CDC has determined that wearing a cloth face covering or mask can slow the spread of COVID-19. Because the contraction of COVID-19 places a direct threat on the health of our guests and employees, cloth face coverings or masks are required of all guests. We will continue to monitor the situation going forward.

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): “Even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you should still wear a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth when around others.” This applies to guests age 2 and above. Specific exceptions will be granted including the below, but only when 6 ft. of social distancing space outside your family unit is maintained:

  • Children 1 and younger
  • While actively eating or drinking – both at a restaurant or while walking/sitting
  • When taking photos

Food Safety

Yes, our restaurant will be open. We have implemented new operational procedures to keep our guests and employees safe including social distancing measures, increased cleaning and food safety training.

Yes, capacity will be limited inside our restaurant to allow for adequate social distancing measures.

Increased Focus On Cleanliness

We take cleanliness and hygiene seriously and we will be increasing efforts to help prevent the spread of germs. We’re adding more hand-sanitation stations throughout the aquarium, increased cleaning of highly touched surfaces and increased hygiene signage in public and employee areas. We’re following guidelines from the CDC on prevention and encourage our guests to do the same.

You can but it is not required.

We are providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the aquarium. Also, our employees will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout the day.

Annual Passholder FAQs

Great news! Processed Annual Passes active between March 16 and June 21 are being automatically extended by 100 days. Thank you for your support during the temporary closure.

General FAQs

We are committed to making our time together as enjoyable as we can. We have adopted a variety of operating procedures in accordance with the CDC and state recommendations to help reduce the spread of germs. These new health and safety measures will help us play safe together.

Our intent is to create a great experience for you and your family while being responsible in helping to reduce the exposure to COVID-19. The Reservation System will allow us to manage the social distancing requirements inside the aquarium by limiting entry to set attendance levels.