BALTIMORE — The National Aquarium has made the decision to furlough approximately 100 employees.
In their 40 years, the National Aquarium said they have never experienced an event of this magnitude, which has led to a planned 6-week closure.
As a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on guest revenue, being closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to make some very tough decisions.
They said they are closed at a time when the aquarium is normally gearing up to welcome hundreds of thousands from around the country.
During this period of closure, an on-site core team will continue to provide the animals with the highest quality of care and welfare.
The Aquarium currently has on hand adequate medical supplies, food and other resources to ensure that all animals in our care will continue to thrive.
In light of this unprecedented situation, the National Aquarium has had to make the difficult decision to furlough approximately 100 employees as of March 29. In addition, all remaining staff will be subject to a temporary reduction in salary.
“It is heartbreaking to have to furlough dedicated, talented staff members who do their jobs day in and day out with the utmost care and compassion. The Aquarium’s greatest asset is our people,” stated John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO. “Our firm intention is to bring every one of our team members back to full employment as soon as we can. Though painful, these steps are a critical element in how we will survive this emergency and live to fight another day.”