Alcatraz Reopening To Recreational Access Beginning Monday

A view of Alcatraz on January 11, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
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San Francisco's famous Alcatraz Island will finally reopen to visitors Monday following a five-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the interior portions of the prison's buildings will remain shuttered to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. Those hoping to see the cells of some of the prison's most well-known residents - Al Capone, convicted killer Robert "The Birdman" Stroud or mobster James "Whitey" Bulger - will instead have to settle for views of the prison exterior.

The island had been one of the last national park sites to remain closed since the pandemic began.

According to the release, the National Park Service is "using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis."