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Coronavirus: Vancouver Aquarium reopens Friday

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The Vancouver Aquarium is back open to the public today after being closed for months due to the pandemic. But as Jennifer Palma reports, it's hoped a major boost from the federal government and its reopening with new visiting measures will keep the doors open. – Jun 26, 2020

The Vancouver Aquarium is reopening its doors Friday after it shut down for several weeks to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The attraction in Stanley Park will operate at 20 to 30 per cent of normal summer capacity to adhere to physical-distancing guidelines.

Also on Friday, the federal government announced $2 million in funding to support essential services the facility, including caring for animals.

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Visitors will be required to reserve tickets online prior to their visit.

The facility closed on March 17 as public health officials clamped down on large gatherings to slow the spread of the virus, raising concerns about its financial future.

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Vancouver Aquarium says it could close permanently because of COVID-19 crisis – Apr 15, 2020

The aquarium laid off 343 staff in an effort to cut costs, but its monthly operating expense remained in excess of $1 million, as the animals still needed care.

In April, the facility said it had raised about $625,000 in one week and launched a fundraiser with the Vancouver Whitecaps to sell non-medical masks bearing both organizations’ logos.

Stanley Park reopened to vehicle traffic on Monday.

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