The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will reopen Thursday, with pandemic-related restrictions instituted on the rotating vehicles taking passengers from the desert to the San Jacinto Mountains.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tramway will initially be open on a Thursday-through-Monday schedule, with the primary automobile set to go up at 8 a.m. and the final automobile down at 6 p.m.
The tramway has been shuttered for a lot of the coronavirus pandemic, though it did open briefly between October and December, till Gov. Gavin Newsom issued regional stay-at-home orders which had been lifted late final month.
Riverside County stays in essentially the most restrictive, purple tier of the governor’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework.
The tramway’s operator beforehand stated the tramway is inside the transportation designation and will stay open beneath the purple tier, however with modified choices.
All passengers should make advance reservations, cover their faces whereas contained in the tram or contained in the Valley and Mountain stations, and undergo temperature screenings. People should additionally cover their faces whereas inside Mount San Jacinto State Park when social distancing is not doable.
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Tram automobile capacities will likely be considerably diminished to permit for social distancing, and the time between every journey has been lengthened to permit for sanitization of tram vehicles between journeys.
The museum and documentary theaters will stay closed, as will the Peaks Restaurant, though Pines Cafe will likely be open with outside seating.
Annual passholders ought to anticipate to see their passes prolonged to match the quantity of days the tramway has been shut down.
Since 1963, the tramway has carried guests 2 1/2 miles from Palm Springs to the San Jacinto Mountains, a visit that takes about 10 minutes. At an elevation of greater than 8,500 toes, Mountain Station is an entry level to greater than 50 miles of mountain climbing trails.