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2 workers at Ripley's Aquarium test positive for COVID-19

Two staff members at Toronto's Ripley's Aquarium tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, prompting the local attraction to close part of its facility for deep cleaning. 

Popular tourist attraction closes part of its facility for 6 days following first case

Two employees at Toronto's Ripley's Aquarium tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the popular tourist attraction to close for six days following the first case reported Sept. 22. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Two staff members at Toronto's Ripley's Aquarium tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, prompting the local attraction to close part of its facility.

A Ripley's Aquarium spokesperson said they were made aware of the first confirmed case among their staff on Sept. 22, causing the attraction to shut down its retail store for deep cleaning.

The second case was confirmed on Sept. 28.

"As per Toronto Public Health, we completed a deep clean of affected areas and notified all team members who may have been in close contact with the individuals who are COVID-positive," a spokesperson told CBC Toronto in a statement Tuesday. 

The aquarium reopened its doors back in June during Ontario's Stage 2 plans for reopening the province, requiring all visitors and staff in the building to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

"These are the first two cases in the Aquarium has had since reopening to the public in June." 

The aquarium reopened its doors back in June during Ontario's Stage 2 plans for reopening the province.

As part of the COVID-19 guidelines for businesses, the tourist attraction requires all staff and visitors to wear a mask at all times. 

Additionally, the attraction says it has decreased regular guest capacity to under 15 per cent, halted all onsite performances and closed a children's play area.

Ripley's Aquarium will continue to remain open and operate as usual. 

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