In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion shut its doors last week.
The King of Rock n Roll’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley made the announcement via Facebook, writing:
“Dear friends, in line with Federal and CDC guidelines, and with the absolute best interest of our Guests and Staff in mind, it is with a heavy heart we advise you that Graceland will be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will vigilantly monitor the situation and remain in regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts. Based upon that information, we will continue to adjust our operations as appropriate.”
But in it's place, they have set up a livestream of the Graceland house, so you can check in to see how the place is doing - with a special surprise for those viewing at night.
In a post on the official Twitter and Instagram account’s, Graceland wrote: “These are unprecedented times, but we’re all in this together.”
“As a sign of solidarity, Graceland Mansion will be lit red, white and blue nightly at sunset until we reopen to the public.”
“From our Graceland family to yours, we wish everyone around the world health and happiness. We look forward to welcoming you back at Graceland soon.”
Graceland became a museum back in 1982, and is now the second most-visted house in the US, after the president’s Washington DC home. The mansion of the late Elvis in Memphis, Tennessee has over 650,000 visitors every year.
While Graceland is closed, however, the museum has proclaimed to “bring Graceland to you!" Check out to this video to learn more about a piece in The Jungle Room you might not have noticed before: