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NC Museum of Natural Sciences postpones Reptile and Amphibian Day because of coronavirus concerns

Posted March 11, 2020 12:27 p.m. EDT
Updated March 11, 2020 12:46 p.m. EDT

Frogs highlight Reptile and Amphibian day at Museum of Natural Sciences

This weekend's Reptile and Amphibian Day at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is postponed.

The annual event, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 14, brings thousands to the downtown Raleigh museum for presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities that focus on reptiles and amphibians.

"Based on the guidance provided during Governor [Roy] Cooper’s press conference, the museum has postponed Reptile and Amphibian Day -- scheduled for Saturday, March 14 -- as the health and safety of museum visitors, volunteers and staff are our top priority," the museum tells me. "While Reptile and Amphibian Day is postponed, the museum will be open for regular hours of operation."

On Tuesday, state health officials recommended that people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and those with underlying health conditions, avoid large groups of people as much as possible. This includes gatherings such as concert venues, conventions, church services, sporting events, and crowded social events. People at high risk should also avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel, health officials said. The efforts are aimed at slowing the spread of the disease and protecting the vulnerable.

“We all play a role in keeping our communities safe and healthy. These precautions can help us slow the spread of this virus and protect our more vulnerable neighbors,” said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen in a press release. “Let’s be guided by compassion and reason and work to support each other as a community.”

The NC Museum of Art canceled its family day, which also was scheduled for this weekend.