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Aquarium of Niagara to close for two weeks in response to COVID-19

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Sun, Mar 15th 2020 12:35 pm

The Aquarium of Niagara will close to the public at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, and remain closed through 9 a.m. March 28, in response to COVID-19. All scheduled events and programs within that timeframe are cancelled.

“As a destination for our community, school children, and tourists, we have a responsibility to do our part to protect the public’s heath for both our visitors and our staff,” Executive Director Gary Siddall said. “We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the aquarium soon to continue our mission of inspiring visitors to make a difference for aquatic life.”

A press release said the Aquarium of Niagara is “committed to the safety of all involved while providing exemplary care to our animal collection. While the aquarium will be closed to the public, staff who are essential to the care and livelihood of our animals will continue to provide the exemplary standard of care that earned the Aquarium of Niagara accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. All other staff will telecommute.

“At this time, the animals at the Aquarium of Niagara are not at risk of contracting COVID-19. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), no animals have been identified with the virus and there is no scientific evidence that COVID-19 is transmissible from humans back to animals. Our veterinary and zoological leadership reviews information provided by the CDC, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, American Veterinary Medical Association and local public health offices daily to determine whether the risk to animal health has changed.

“The Aquarium of Niagara will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and will take further action as needed based on information from official sources, including the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and local authorities.”

For more information, visit www.aquariumofniagara.org.

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