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Graceland set to reopen for tours on Thursday

For safety’s sake, the number of visitors allowed into Elvis Presley’s former home will be reduced and masks will be required.

Fans wait in line in 2017 outside Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee.
Fans wait in line in 2017 outside Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Elvis Presley’s Graceland says it will reopen Thursday after it shut down tours and exhibits due to the new coronavirus outbreak.

The tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee, said Sunday that it has adjusted its tours, and restaurant and retail operations, since it closed in March.

The Memphis tourist attraction is centered on the life and career of the late rock ’n’ roll icon. It annually attracts about 500,000 visitors, including international travelers.

Graceland said in a news release that it is reducing tours of Presley’s former home-turned-museum to 25% capacity, requiring employees and encouraging visitors to wear face masks, and limiting restaurant capacities to 50%.

Temperature checks for guests and employees will be implemented and hand sanitizing stations are being installed, Graceland said.

“We are helping Memphis and Tennessee to get back to some sense of normality,” said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Graceland Holdings, in a statement.