Birch Aquarium Update on COVID-19


The health and safety of our guests, as well as our staff and volunteers is our highest priority.

As of March 19, 2021, Birch Aquarium is operating indoors and out at a limited capacity, in accordance with state and local COVID-19 regulations.

Safety Enhancements: 

  • The aquarium is reopening with new pathways and new procedures to keep guests — as well as staff and volunteers — safe and healthy.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and up and must cover both nose and mouth at all times (indoors and outdoors). 
  • Guests will be asked to do a symptom check before entering the aquarium.
  • Birch Aquarium staff will also be completing daily symptom screenings, as well as weekly COVID-19 testing. 
  • Guest capacity will be limited to approximately 21 percent, and a new one-way pathway has been created to encourage social distancing. 
  •  We have increased the number of hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout the aquarium, and increased the cleaning and sanitizing of all frequently-touched surfaces
  • The HVAC system has been upgraded throughout the interior sections of the aquarium to increase air flow and circulation

Guest Requirements: 

  • Advanced Reservations Required: Tickets must be reserved for a specific date and entry time and in advance — even for members — on our website here. 
  • Symptoms Screening: Before you enter, you’ll be asked if you or or anyone in your family are are exhibiting any of the following:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Temperature checks may be required
    • Guests experiencing any of the above symptoms may not visit Birch Aquarium.
  • Facial Coverings: In compliance with UC San Diego policy as well as state requirements, guests — ages two and older — will be required to wear face coverings while at the aquarium (both indoors and outdoors). Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth at all times. 
  • Social Distancing: We ask that groups remain a minimum of six feet apart from each other (or roughly the length of a Leopard Shark). Floor graphics have been added to help you remember. 

NOTE: Guests who do not comply with our policies will be asked to leave.

Waiver of Claims, Limitation of Liability
Participant waives the right to any claim against UC related to or arising from the acquisition of or exposure to any infectious disease. Neither UC, nor any of its campuses or medical centers, nor any of its employees or agents shall be liable for any claims of loss, expense, or damage to participant relating to the acquisition of or exposure to any infectious disease.