~ Press release issued by Luray Caverns on June 4
LURAY — Luray Caverns, one of Virginia’s premiere attractions, has announced a re-opening date of Friday, June 5 with Phase II of the Forward Virginia Plan. As the multiple facilities open for guests, the U.S. Natural Landmark has re-imagined all operational and safety protocols.
The Shenandoah Valley icon has unveiled a new health and safety plan, Clean from the Ground Up.
Visitors can have confidence knowing guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health are at the center these standards. In addition to maintaining six-foot social distancing for contactless ticketing, visitors will immediately move into the natural environment along the outdoor pathway.
A comprehensive pamphlet is provided for each visitor with information on geology and descriptions of each major area with varying numbers of team members circulating for distance monitoring, safety and information.
Safety and cleaning procedures are listed below:
• A commitment to enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols. Area attendants will oversee hourly procedures and as-needed attention for all high-touch surfaces.
• Implementation of a six-foot physical distancing policy.
• Plexiglass barriers in point-of-sale areas where six feet is not feasible.
• Hosts will monitor distancing and direct visitors to available Ticketing Desks.
• Contactless Ticketing. Guests, with no groupings, will be positioned for immediate entry with their traveling party along the outdoor pathway.
• Mandatory masks for all employees and visitors.
• A varying number of team members circulating for distance monitoring, safety and information.
• Hand-sanitizing stations located throughout the properties.
• Hospital-grade spray used in the caverns for disinfection of handrails and waste containers.
• Health checks for employees upon reporting for work.
• Employee training to reinforce control measures for prevention and response required for an illness.
Luray Caverns is the largest caverns in eastern America and the most visited in the United States.
The General Admission also includes the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum — an exhibit of American history featuring more than 140 items relating to transportation including cars, carriages, coaches and costumes from the 1760’s and Shenandoah Heritage Village — a collection of local, restored historic buildings creating a small 19th century farming community including a museum of Shenandoah Valley displaying artifacts from the 1750’s to the 1920’s.