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My first trip to Graceland, in 2014

As the country begins the process of reopening and adjusting to life after the COVID-19 pandemic, tourist attractions are implementing new measures to keep patrons safe.

Although many experts are predicting that larger parks like Disneyworld may not open until 2021, other attractions are making plans to open soon, with health restrictions in place.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland closed in March and has remained closed throughout the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The iconic home and museum in Memphis, Tennessee, attracts nearly one million tourists from all over the world each year.

In a statement over the weekend, the official Graceland website announced that tours would resume this Thursday, May 21st, with social distancing and enhanced sanitation in place.

Tours of the Graceland mansion will be reduced to 25 percent, and restaurants will be reduced to 50 percent capacity. Spaces will be marked to keep guests six feet apart, staff will wear face masks, and guests are encouraged to wear masks as well.

In my opinion, as someone who LOVES Elvis and has visited Graceland twice, these new social distancing limitations are going to make the Graceland experience even better for fans. Each time we’ve gone, the tours, although so fun, were very crowded, and I was constantly bumping into strangers while trying to get a glimpse of things throughout the mansion.

I’m happy to see that Graceland is making the safety of their guests a priority, and I’m happy that future patrons will be able to enjoy all that Graceland has to offer, in a much less crowded atmosphere.

Here are some highlights from trips to Graceland!



Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, and the color pink.