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Dear Friends of the Garden,

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles and increased visitorship, the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden needed to reassess our plan to keep the Garden open. Our priorities include: the health and safety of staff and visitors, maintaining the health of the plants in the collection, and adherence to county and state guidelines. In unity with campus communications to deter the general public from visiting campus, we have made a few changes to our current operations. Effective immediately, we are instituting the following changes:
  • The Garden is closed on weekends until further notice.
  • The Garden is closed to the general public. The campus community (students & essential staff) may still visit on weekdays. Each visitor must have a valid Bruincard and have completed a UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring survey for the day of their visit. The only open gates are  those near the La Kretz Garden Pavilion.
These new changes are in addition to existing adaptations:
  • Face coverings are required
  • Bathrooms are closed
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6+ feet from other guests
  • Do not touch your face or surfaces
  • Do not visit if you or someone you have been in contact with is sick

We do not make these decisions lightly, and do so to promote public health and consistency with UCLA Campus directives and LA County Public Health guidelines. This is a trial period that will be monitored to ensure that the Garden remains a safe space to connect with nature. We hope you will continue to explore your neighborhoods and be amazed by the wonderful world of plants. While the Garden has limited visitation, we are assembling some great virtual events and will keep you informed on what's happening here and our plans for reopening. We appreciate all of your support in this challenging time, and hope that you are safe and healthy. 

Sincerely,
The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden Team
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