Better late than never. SeaWorld is the last of the major theme park companies in the California and Florida markets to announce it will close in response to concerns about Coronavirus / COVID-19. All SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment locations will close effective end of business on Sunday, March 16, 2020.
Like other theme parks, the temporary closures will run through the end of the month and that they company is listening to local and federal authorities as to the direction of future actions.
“During this time essential personnel, including animal care experts, will continue to look after the health, safety, and nutritional needs of the animals in our care,” SeaWorld said in its social media statement. “Our animal rescue and rehabilitation operations will also continue to operate.”
The company also announced it would continue to pay its full time park employees during the closure period. As with most theme parks, many of the workers are part-timers, hopefully they will be providing support for them as well.
“We are monitoring this evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation closely and coordinating with public health officials. We look forward to welcoming our valued guests back to our parks soon,” said the statement from SeaWorld.
According to the help page of SeaWorld’s website, guests will be able to get refunds for any tickets or experiences they are not able to use during the temporary closure period.
SeaWorld Orlando had announced a special ticket deal for Florida locals trying to keep attendance numbers up as international travel was drying up.