CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Shedd Aquarium announced Friday they are temporarily closed to the public for two weeks through Sunday, March 29.
"While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome you to the Aquarium during this time, we are closing out of an abundance of caution and to do our part in the social distancing efforts to help stop the further spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)," the institution said in a statement.
The Shedd said during this period, all scheduled events and programs will be cancelled, but may be rescheduled to a later date.
Caretakers and veterinarians will continue to provide the highest standards of professional care and welfare for our animals onsite, the Shedd said.
Those wanting to stay connected, can go behind-the-scenes via Shedd’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as explore, experience and learn more about the aquatic animal world through their other digital resources.
For information on refunds and rescheduling of previously purchased tickets, group and experience reservations, programs and events and more please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (312) 939-2438.
The value of pre-purchased tickets and/or reservations may be put toward a future date as available, requested for refund, or may be donated to mitigate inevitable financial impact of COVID-19 on the Aquarium at this time.
"Thank you for your continued support of our mission to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. We look forward to seeing you again at Shedd Aquarium soon," the institution said in a statement.