OTTAWA (October 27, 2020) – With the 2020 tourist season for accredited zoos and aquariums in the books, CAZA Executive Director Jim Facette said, “the 2021 season is just ahead of us, Canada’s 29 accredited zoos and aquariums should be provided the option to use rapid tests as a way to welcome more visitors”.
As early as April 2020 accredited zoos and aquariums worked together developing re-opening strategies aiding governments to let them open. As they wind down the current season and begin to prepare for the 2021 season, Canada’s 29 accredited zoos and aquariums look forward to continuing to partner with governments examining how rapid testing might be used.
In a recent meeting with Ontario Minister of Tourism Lisa MacLeod accredited zoos and aquariums reinforced their commitment of partnership, they also stressed the importance to work on growth strategies using rapid testing as an option. Mr. Facette added, “we all want a vaccine, until we get to the point where all Canadians have access to it we need to examine what measures can be incorporated into accredited zoos and aquariums 2021 re-opening planning”.
As CAZA moves ahead with its scheduled meetings we will be reinforcing the importance of rapid testing as a way forward to help accredited facilities. Part of the travel of tourism sectors, the use of rapid testing can be part of the solution in a return to normalcy.
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