Lincoln Park Zoo closed through April 10 to avoid spread of coronavirus

“We are carefully monitoring all animals in our care. At this time, we have no reason to believe any zoo animal is at risk,” officials said.

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Lincoln Park Zoo officials announced they were closing their doors March 12, 2020, through April 10, 2020.

Lincoln Park Zoo officials announced it was closing its doors March 12, 2020, through April 10, 2020.

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Lincoln Park Zoo will be closed for about a month to help slow the spread of coronavirus, officials announced Thursday.

The zoo will be closed through April 10, with all programs and events canceled through that date as well, Zoo Director Megan R. Ross said in a statement.

Some workers at the zoowere also advised to work from home as an extra precautionary measure, Ross said.

“Essential animal care staff will remain on site to care for the nearly 200 species that call the zoo home,” Ross said. “We are carefully monitoring all animals in our care. At this time, we have no reason to believe any zoo animal is at risk.”

The zoo announced the closure hours after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all events with more than 1,000 people canceled or postponed. By their own estimates, the zoo hosts about 3 million visitors every year, or an average of over 8,200 people per day.

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