OTTAWA (June 11, 2020) –
Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums have joined forces with a national effort to work with governments as we balance COVID-19 health protocols with 2020 travel and tourism promotion. “Earlier this week our name was on letters to each Provincial and Territorial leader in an effort to reach out and work together as we merge health protocols with the need to get Canadians to travel this year, today we gladly join over 120 organizations in open letter to the Prime Minster of Canada and all Premiers,” said Mr. Facette.
Accredited zoos and aquariums welcome 12M visitors each year, the Canadian travel, tourism and hospitality sector contributes $102 billion to our economy employing more than 1.8 million Canadians. “Accredited zoos and aquariums have worked, and continue to work hard to re-open safely using innovative approaches to develop health safety plans while getting their business up and running again, we can do this in other areas of our sector too,” Mr. Facette added.
We need to encourage Canadians and other visitors to explore our country this summer, to begin to reunite friends and family, to allow important business travel, get our employees working again doing it safely.
Visitors to any one of Canada’s 30 accredited zoos or aquariums can expected to adhere to physical distancing measures, increased frequency of available hand sanitizer stations, one-way directional guidance throughout facilities and will likely be asked to purchase their tickets in advance online. Please check with the accredited zoo or aquarium for further details.
CAZA is the voice of zoos and aquariums in Canada. We are the leading organization in Canadian animal welfare standards development, our accreditation process includes expert standards set by leading researchers, biologists, and academia who ensure we reflect the latest in animal welfare research, organizational management, and public safety protocols. Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s accreditation bridges the ethical concerns with conservation and the public interest.
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