SeaWorld, Legoland, San Diego Zoo announce temporary closures

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Following a regional trend, SeaWorld San Diego — one of San Diego’s largest tourist attractions — announced it would temporarily close due to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting other attractions to do the same.

SeaWorld will close as of Monday, the park announced in a written statement.

“During this time, essential personnel, including animal care experts, will continue to look after the health, safety and nutritional needs of the animals in our care. Our animal rescue and rehabilitation operations will also continue to operate. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will continue to pay our full-time Ambassadors during this period.

“We are monitoring this evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation closely and coordinating with public health officials. We look forward to welcoming our valued guests back to our parks soon.”

Later on Friday, Legoland California, the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced closures, as well.

After Legoland initially announced it would shutter the main park, water park, hotels and Sea Life aquarium through March 31, the park on March 27 said that closure would extend through April 15.

The USS Midway Museum would close to the public beginning Monday, March 16.

“Committed to our staff, we will continue to pay them during this time,” said museum spokesman David Koontz. “We will continue to actively monitor the situation and follow the guidance of county health officials, and hope to reopen as soon as possible.”

Officials with the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park said both parks would close March 16 after remaining open this weekend, with a goal of reopening on April 1.

“At this time, it is vital for San Diego Zoo Global to be a leader for the community and for our employees, and ensure we are putting the health and well-being of our greater community first,” said Paul Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global.

Other Southland amusement parks have also closed, including Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Museums in Balboa Park had postponed events but stayed open.

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