Since the lockdown began in the US, Elvis Presley’s home of Graceland has been temporally closed. Now two months later and the Memphis mansion museum has reopened at up to 25 per cent capacity. Speaking with NBC news, Director of Archives Angie Marchese has revealed how Elvis himself would react.
NBC asked on the steps of Graceland: “What do you think Elvis would say if he were here today to witness all of this?
“Elvis would be right here at the front door welcoming everybody right through the front door.
“He would be wearing a Graceland mask.
“Probably one with a little curled lip!”
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Archivist on steps of Graceland
On Graceland’s temporary closure, the archivist said: “Nobody knew what was gonna happen.
“Nobody knew how the country was going to reopen.
“There was that anticipation of at any moment now they could say, ‘You can bring people back’.
Fans are able to visit Graceland, but they have to have their temperature taken on entry.
Graceland was lit up in red, white and blue during its closure
While guests are advised to wear face masks, although this is not a requirement.
Re-opening day didn’t reach anywhere near the temporary limit, with only around 200 tickets sold.
Right now, Graceland are only allowing 10 people into the house at once, hence their assertion visitors will experience something of a private tour akin to a presidential visit.
In a FOX13 Memphis report, the Graceland archivist said: “It really does feel like June 1982 [when Graceland first opened as a museum] all over again.”
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Angie added: “Usually we get between 2-3000 people a day. Now we’re only doing 25 per cent of that [maximum].
“Basically touring the mansion, is going to be like your own private tour of Graceland.”
Graceland’s re-opening statement read: “We are so excited to see you back at Elvis Presley’s Graceland! 100+ acres dedicated to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll will welcome back guests beginning Thursday, May 21.
“Graceland is committed to the health and safety of our guests and associates and has been working diligently to reconfigure all operations – including tours, retail and restaurants – to meet or exceed social distancing, capacity, and health and safety guidelines.”
It continued: “With Mansion tours reduced to 25 per cent capacity, guests will have the unique opportunity to walk in Elvis’ footsteps like never before – in your own personal mansion tour space spread out from other guests.
“The state-of-the-art entertainment and exhibit complex over 200,000-square-feet in size, Elvis Presley’s Memphis offers guests the opportunity to tour the largest collection of Elvis memorabilia in the world in their own space, at their own pace.
“During the re-opening phase, restaurant capacities will be reduced by 50% and outdoor patio seating will also be available.
“In addition to reduced capacities, Graceland’s new health and safety protocols include all associates wearing masks (guests are encouraged to wear masks, as well), temperature checks for both guests and associates, six feet social distancing markers placed throughout the property, enhanced sanitisation procedures featuring commercial-grade continuous cleaning, hand sanitisation stations and touchless payment options.”