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The Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester is closed, effective immediately, as a precaution during the spread of coronavirus.

No guests or volunteers will be admitted and all programs and events are canceled through March 31, at which time Monroe County will reevaluate the decision, according to a release from the county. Animal Care staff will remain on the job caring for the animals.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello took this precautionary action "to protect the health and safety of Zoo guests, volunteers, and staff" after consulting with county Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza, Parks Director Pat Meredith and Interim Zoo Director David Hamilton, according to the release.

The zoo joins several other attractions in Rochester to close temporarily, including the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum & Science Center  and the Strong Museum.