OMAHA – Social distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and many cancellations and closures are already in effect. Sunday, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium joined those closed facilities with an announcement that the zoo and all affiliated buildings will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, through the end of the month.
The decision was made based on the announcement on Saturday, March 14, by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts of the state’s first case of community spread and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on events and public gatherings. The Zoo is not aware of any guests or employees with positive Coronavirus tests. As the situation changes and decisions are made about the re-opening and events, the Zoo will continue to post updates on its website and through social media.
Programs and events at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are canceled through March 31. If you purchased a ticket or registered for a program, the Zoo will contact you separately. “While we know this is the right decision, there is a busy spring planned at the Zoo and an ongoing schedule of education programs. Zoo staff will continue to monitor this situation and hope to re-activate all plans soon,” said Henry Doorly officials.
Zookeepers and essential staff will continue to report to work and care for the animals at the zoo and aquarium facilities. Henry Doorly has reaffirmed its sick policy to employees with a reminder not to report to work when ill.