MARTIN, Tenn -- In a news release, the Discovery Park of America announced that they will close to the public until March 31 during the coronavirus outbreak. They tentatively plan to reopen April 1 but will reevaluate that decision as it gets closer.
They acknowledge that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area, they want to make sure their staff and the community stays safe.
The news comes after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee urged all Tennessee schools to close "as soon as practically possible." Lee asked all schools to close by Friday and remain closed until April.
The Tennessee government has set guidelines to promote health and minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus. The release cites those guidelines as the reason for closing.
Staff will contact groups who scheduled visits during this time to reschedule or provide a refund.
Though the doors will be closed for a few weeks, the Discovery Park staff wants to inspire and teach children. The team will share "Moments of Discovery" on Facebook, and they'll share "inspirational content" on social media. The staff assures park-goers that they are planning classes and events.
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