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Shedd Aquarium Closing Until January As Coronavirus Surges

The aquarium will stay open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, but after that it will voluntarily close its doors for several months.

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CHICAGO — The Shedd Aquarium is closing until January due to the coronavirus surge.

The aquarium will stay open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, but after that it will voluntarily close its doors for several months, the Shedd announced in a news release. The staff hopes to reopen Jan. 2.

“… We are taking this action proactively for the positive influence it may have for all,” President and CEO Bridget Coughlin said in the news release. “While the aquarium’s doors may physically close, Shedd’s mission has never been more alive and open.

“We remain committed to creating meaningful moments of learning, joy, engagement, and respite and to do our part to continue to support the recovery and healing of our city and state.”

The Shedd is offering online events, “field trips,” animal encounters and more so visitors can still learn, visit the animals and see parts of the aquarium. More information is available on its website.

People can also support the Shedd by becoming a member, donating or symbolically adopting an animal.

The aquarium’s essential staff will continue working to care for the 32,000 animals there, while other employees will work from home if possible, according to the Shedd.

“Shedd is committed to continuing to pay all staff,” according to the Shedd’s news release. “Those employees, such as guest relations staff, who do not have the option to work from home will still be compensated for a similar duration of the initial closure should this second closure last as long.”

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