More cancellations, but the ZOO is open — outdoor exhibits, anyway

Nicole Cabell pledges to return

You can pretty much assume that if you own a performing arts ticket between now and April 12 or so, it has been cancelled to avoid community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio. Here’s the latest:

Matinee Musicale’s recital featuring opera star Nicole Cabell, soprano, and Donna Loewy, piano, on March 27th in Memorial Hall has been canceled. In addition, the master class that the soprano graciously agreed to perform with voice students at CCM on March 26 is also canceled.

The artist has agreed to reschedule if at all possible. Here’s the organizations’ message:

“Matinée Musicale will work to make this happen when government restrictions are lifted and the health and well-being of all participants is no longer threatened. We will have information about rescheduling and/or ticket refunds/exchanges soon.

“At this time, we expect the April 19 and May 2 recitals to proceed as planned. If the Governor’s ban is extended beyond April 3, notifications will be sent promptly. Check our website for more information:”

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is open, but precautions are being taken — and you might not get to see Fiona, as indoor animal habitats are closed. But you can still walk the lovely grounds and see the animals that are outside.

Here’s the Zoo’s statement:

In addition to the stringent cleaning and sanitization protocols that are in place, we are closing the train, carousel and indoor animal habitats.

We urge visitors not to come if they are sick, to follow prevention guidelines and to maintain recommended social distance.

Train and carousel are closed.

Indoor habitats are closed.

Base Camp Cafe is closed.

We will not offer giraffe feedings or any other animal contact experiences.

Cincinnati Zoo will be canceling or postponing any large events of 100+ people through April 30. Check event pages for details.

If you’ve booked a group event, birthday party or purchased an event ticket, you will be contacted via email.

There will also be no cheetah or barnyard encounters through the end of April.

All education programs will be suspended through April 5.

Cleaning and prevention

  • The Zoo follows rigorous cleaning standards year-round.  A dedicated housekeeping staff is continuously sanitizing doors, handles, and railings.
  • Restrooms are monitored constantly during visitor hours and cleaned hourly.
  • All staff wear gloves for food prep
  • In addition to this standard attention to cleanliness, more hand-washing stations have been placed throughout the facility.
  • Zoo team members and partners have been provided with the appropriate resources on preventive self-care

Do animals get or spread COVID-19?

There is currently no hard evidence about the spread of COVID-19 from humans to animals, according to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Cincinnati Zoo, and all accredited Zoos, has protocols in place to prevent transfer of Zoonotic diseases.

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