Lexington plans gala reopening Friday with marching band

U.S.S. Lexington Museum will reopen on Friday
Posted at 7:47 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 20:49:42-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The U.S.S. Lexington Museum will reopen on Friday after a nearly eight-week long shutdown.

There’s an official reopening ceremony at 9 a.m. scheduled, complete with a marching band.

And some new safety protocols will be in place for staff members and guests.

That includes face covering for all volunteers and staffers.

Guests will also be encouraged to wear masks, but it won’t be required.

“You know the lifeblood of this ship is to share it with the guests,” said Steve Banta, executive director of the U.S.S. Lexington Museum. “You know the education and the history that we get to have here on this ship to share with everybody, that's what it's all about. Not having them on board has been very strange and it really has felt like we're missing something.”

The current break was the longest closure for the Lexington since it opened back in 1992.