The popular attraction will close at 4 p.m. March 19 until further notice.

The Marine Science Center is one of Volusia County’s most popular destinations for tourists and residents alike. Because the small exhibit hall is often filled to the gills with visitors, county officials have decided to close the center to visitors at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19, until further notice.

The decision was made because staff will be unable to abide by the new social distancing requirements associated with the coronavirus threat in such a small space.

Employees will continue to work seven days a week to care for the sick and injured turtles and seabirds in their care. They will also accept new animals.

Residents who find a sick or injured turtle or seabird can call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-404-FWCC or the Marine Science Center at 386-304-5545 for instructions.

For more information about the Marine Science Center, visit www.marinesciencecenter.com.

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