Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will temporarily close due to coronavirus

Officials said the closure starts on Monday, March 16.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will temporarily close due to coronavirus

Busch Gardens says they will be closing all of their theme parks, including their Tampa location in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay said it will close on Monday, March 16. The closure will last through the end of the month.

"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," reads the statement. "Our animal rescue and rehabilitation operations will also continue to operate."

So far, every major theme park in Florida has now closed due to concerns over COVID-19. Yesterday, Universal Orlando and Disney World announced they would temporarily close, and this afternoon SeaWorld Orlando was added to this list.

To see an ongoing list of events in Tampa Bay that have been canceled because of coronavirus, click here

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Chava Communications.
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