Monterey Bay Aquarium temporarily closing due to coronavirus concern

Kelp forest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, photo

MONTEREY, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Monterey Bay Aquarium will be closed to visitors until at least Mar. 27 due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus.

The announcement made online Thursday cites Governor Newsom’s statewide guidance canceling large gatherings, in a bid to halt the transmission of COVID-19. The closure comes into force Thursday.


The aquarium says essential staff will report as usual to ensure the animals are looked after and critical systems remain operational. All other staff members will be paid during the closure, regardless of whether or not they can work from home.

Anyone who had tickets booked can reschedule their visit or request a refund calling 831-648-4800.

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