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Posted on 22/03/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

NATURE PARKS TEMPORARILY CLOSES ITS DOORS

In light of the rapidly changing situation, and in order to help contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nature Parks Board has made the very difficult decision to temporarily close the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve, Antarctic Journey and Churchill Island, effective from Monday 23 March. 

We have been committed to ensuring the safety of our visitors, staff and community since the commencement of this global outbreak, and as you know last week we reduced maximum numbers allowed at the outdoor viewing areas of the Penguin Parade to less than 500, and we had also made significant changes to the operation of the visitor centre so that we could maintain less than 100 people indoors. 

Upon further consideration of the risk posed to staff and visitors coming together in all of our venues, the Board made the decision to temporarily close in order to offer the greatest protection to our visitors and staff from close contact. 

The decision to temporarily close the Penguin Parade especially has not been made lightly, as it has been an important part of the local community for nearly 100 years, and has been at the centre of holiday plans for generations of Victorian families. 

We are critically aware however of the need to play our part in managing the safety of our staff, our visitors, those in our community who are most vulnerable, and the wider community, so this is clearly the right decision.  

We will use this time to continue caring for our precious wildlife and its habitat, and to develop our experiences so that we return stronger and better than ever. We'll be sharing our stories and behind-the-scenes work that must carry on through our social media channels.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these challenging times, as and of course for your ongoing support of the Nature Parks over the years. 

We would like to assure you that we will be ready and willing to welcome you back to Phillip Island as soon as it’s considered appropriate to do so. 

Visitors with existing bookings or tickets to the Nature Parks are requested to contact the agent, tour operator or online platform through whom their tickets were purchased. For any tickets purchased directly through the Nature Parks’ website or over the phone, please refer to www.penguins.org.au for more information, or contact the Nature Parks at bookings@penguins.org.au 

Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by the virus, and we look forward to a time when this is resolved and we can once again welcome visitors from all around the world to this special place.