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Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Hill Aerospace Museum Closed Until Further Notice

FILE: Keeper Melissa Farr with warthogs Swifty and Walter while giraffe Riley looks on. (Utah's Hogle Zoo)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah’s Hogle Zoo will be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak, zoo officials said.

Previously purchased tickets will be accepted on any future 2020 date and officials added zoo memberships will be extended for the length of the closure automatically.

“As a family destination, our goal is to protect the health and well-being of our animals, the community and zoo staff,” officials said in a statement. “The dedicated animal care team will remain active at the zoo daily and will continue to provide our animals with the highest standard of care. Administrative staff will be staggering schedules to reduce social interactions.

“Zoo leadership will continue to monitor developments of the outbreak and follow guidance from federal, state and local authorities to help determine when we will reopen.”

Hill Aerospace Museum officials also announced the museum closed on Monday as a public health precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak.

** NOTICE **The Hill Aerospace Museum will temporarily close beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 as a public health…

Posted by Hill Aerospace Museum on Monday, March 16, 2020

Additional Closures

Venues at Thanksgiving Point will also be closed until further notice. Officials said that closure includes the Butterfly Biosphere, Museum of Ancient Life, Museum of Natural Curiosity and Farm Country, as well as the Harvest Restaurant and the Tower Deli at the Water Tower Plaza.

Summit and Salt Lake counties have closed dine-in restaurants to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Restaurants were allowed to offer takeout, delivery, curbside pickup or drive-thru options, as long as they comply with the public health orders in their county.

“We can’t emphasize enough the priority to still make food available. Curbside take-out or drive-thru food service is permitted, but third-party food delivery services are prohibited. Following these orders will contribute to slowing the spread of COVID-19 cases in our community,” said Summit County health officer Dr. Rich Bullough.

Chick-Fil-A announced Sunday it will be closing all dining rooms to limit person-to-person contact during the pandemic.

Drive-thrus will remain open and some restaurants could offer mobile pickup or delivery options.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced additional temple closures over the weekend after making temporary adjustments to temple work and closing public areas near local Church buildings.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a face mask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth service through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If  you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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