Winchester Mystery House set to reopen this weekend with self-guided tours


San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House is set to reopen Saturday after months of closure amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Santa Clara County moved from the purple tier to the red tier in the state’s reopening plan on Tuesday, and was subsequently allowed to reopen a number of indoor businesses. The Mystery House attempted to reopen in July, but was forced to close after just one day when Santa Clara County was placed on the now-scrapped state watch list.


The attraction’s staff noted that the tours will be “self-guided” to better allow for social distancing. Masks will be required at all times.

“The Self-Guided Mansion Tour has been built with social distancing protocols in mind, with one way tour paths and features the larger rooms in the mansion,” the Mystery House’s website states. “Guests will be able to experience the house like never before, with ample space and time in each room.  Tour at your own pace in your space.”



All employees and guests will be asked health screening questions upon entering the property, and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be denied entry.

In addition, staff will be stationed throughout the mansion to ensure that tour groups maintain adequate physical distancing from one another. Capacity has been reduced, and all tickets have to be purchased online in advance.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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