SeaWorld will temporarily close its San Diego park and halt the ongoing SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration beginning on Monday, Dec. 7.
SeaWorld San Diego has been forced to reclose and cancel holiday events at the marine park because of a Southern California stay-at-home order set to go into effect this weekend.
SeaWorld will temporarily close its San Diego park and halt the ongoing SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration beginning on Monday, Dec. 7 in accordance with the regional order issued by state officials, according to SeaWorld officials.
“As part of our continued commitment to the safety of our guests and Ambassadors and in accordance with the regional stay at home order issued by the state of California, we are temporarily closing SeaWorld San Diego,” SeaWorld officials said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming our valued guests back to our parks soon.”
SeaWorld and other California theme parks closed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SeaWorld partially reopened without amusement rides in late August under California’s zoos and aquariums guidelines.
Southern California zoos and aquariums must close when the regional stay-at-home order begins late Sunday night, Dec. 6. SeaWorld San Diego will remain closed until the state permits the Southern California region’s zoos to re-open.
During the park closure, SeaWorld’s animal care experts will continue to care for the marine park’s animals and conduct animal rescue operations.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration kicked off on Nov. 13 and was scheduled to run on select dates through Jan. 4. The event featured holiday foods, a Stocking Stuffer Christmas Trail with treats and toys for kids and socially-distanced meet-and-greet opportunities with Santa and Rudolph along with orca, dolphin and sea lion stadium shows.