Cape Town‘s famous aquarium, Two Oceans is to provisionally close its doors to the public from March 18 to April 14, 2020 due to the spread of coronavirus in Southern Africa. This follows the recommendations made by South Africa’s office of the Presidency.
Two Oceans’ CEO, Michael Farquhar said after consultations with the Aquarium owners, they agreed that a temporary closure was in the best interests of the staff, volunteers, members and visitors.
“We regard this situation as extremely serious and did not make this decision lightly,” added Farquhar.
“Many of our exhibits are interactive by nature and invite people to touch and explore. It is also difficult in the Aquarium for people to maintain physical distance while viewing our exhibits.”
The CEO added that while the public-facing operations of the Aquarium will be closed, the animal husbandry and technical teams will continue to care for the animals while taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves against the spread of COVID-19.
This will be the first time the Two Oceans Aquarium will be closed since Christmas Day in 1996.