A letter from our CEO and Founder, Brent Andersen
March 14, 2020
Dear Aquarium Members, Supporters and Friends,
As you have probably heard, we have decided to temporarily close Loveland Living Planet Aquarium until further notice as a precautionary measure—and out of an abundance of caution—in an effort to protect the health and safety of staff, guests, volunteers and animals. We will be closed to the public until further notice, to do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will monitor official information and follow the guidance of local health and public officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will adjust that date as necessary.
This decision is certainly one of the most difficult ones we have made, and at the same time, even with the limited and changing information, one that is rather straightforward and logical. As an organization that serves the community, and one that is based in science, we feel deeply that it is our responsibility to listen to the strong recommendations of our local leaders and of the eminent scientists who have requested help in containing the spread of COVID-19 by limiting large social gatherings of more than 100 people. We know that we must do our part, that this request is made for the greater good of the community, and we honor that request.
We do know that an organization cannot operate without revenues indefinitely, and a nonprofit public aquarium is no different. We do not know how long these recommendations will be in place, but in the interim, our animal care team will continue to provide our animals with the highest standard of care. We have already acquired and stored enough food and supplies to take care of their needs.
We have a responsibility to the public, our community, our team members and their families, and to ensure that the Aquarium can carry on after this has resolved. With that in mind, our team is being paid while we are closed to relieve some of the stress they are also feeling at this time. We are also taking this opportunity to deep clean the facility, as well as tackle other projects. Many of our team are able to telecommute, and our essential functions, beyond the care of our animals, will continue. We have of course requested that anyone who is not feeling well stay home, and follow the guidelines of local health officials.
On a personal note, I feel it is important to remember that this difficult time is temporary. We can all choose to be kind to one another, be supportive and remember that we are part of a community—that of our coworkers, our neighbors, our friends and our families. THIS WILL PASS. I am 100% certain that if we are supportive of each other, in the end we will be grateful for one another’s leadership, guidance and steadfastness.
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium