After a 16-month pause due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes returns to normal operations, just in time as the downtown Los Angeles museum and cultural center celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The move to reopening is based on the recommendations issued by local, state, and federal authorities.
Beginning on Monday, June 21, LA Plaza will resume many of its previous programs and activities. Reservations to view the museum permanent and temporary exhibitions will no longer be required, nor will social distancing, temperature checks and closure of high-touch areas. LA Plaza’s outdoor public programming will also resume, beginning with the July 17 outdoor screening of the documentary Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire. A complete listing of 2021 public programs is available at LA Plaza’s website and Facebook page.
One procedure that will be kept in place for the time being is the requirement that all visitors wear masks in the museum’s first and second gallery floors, whether vaccinated or not. Masks are not required for vaccinated LA Plaza staff, tenants and their visitors on LA Plaza’s third, fourth and fifth floor, nor for outdoor act ivities.
“I want to thank our entire team for pulling together during this trying period to keep LA Plaza visible and vital,” said John Echeveste, LA Plaza CEO. “I especially want to thank our amazing Visitor Services team for responding to changing conditions and treating all visitors with respect and courtesy. We can all be very proud of how we kept LA Plaza relevant during the pandemic, both on campus and on the Internet.”
Museum Galleries and LA Tienda Museum Gift Store Operations
- Regular operating hours beginning Monday, June 21 are as follows
- Wednesday through Monday – 12pm to 5pm (LA Tienda will remain open until 5:15pm)
- Tuesdays – Closed
First and Second Floor Museum Gallery Guidelines
- Masks or appropriate face coverings are required for everyone (LA Plaza staff, guests, and vendors) unless they meet one of the Exemptions to Mask Requirements (see below).
- Visitor capacity is back to 100%
- Elevator capacity will return to normal status
- Regular cleaning and sanitizing will be completed before opening and after closing of the galleries and LA Tienda
- Way-finding signage will remain in the galleries for the convenience of museum guests
- Online reservations are no longer required, but are encouraged for groups visits and tours
Third, Fourth and Fifth Floors – LA Plaza Staff, Tenants, and Their Visitors
- Masks or appropriate face coverings are not required for individuals that have provided proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results within three (3) days or if they meet one of the Exemptions to Mask Requirements (see below)
- Voluntary mask-wearing is always acceptable throughout our buildings and outdoor campus. Further, no person will be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition for participation in an activity or entry into our facility
Exemptions to Mask Requirements
- Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a m ask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
- Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety