Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

North Carolina Aquarium Division veterinarian Emily Christiansen carries a cold-stunned sea turtle that is ready for release, during the statewide Stay at Home Order that began Monday, March 30.

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Ethan Simmons, dive safety officer at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores prepares dive equipment, during the statewide Stay at Home Order that began Monday, March 30. Cathy Bakalar, an administrator with the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores works from home, during the statewide Stay at Home Order that began Monday, March 30.

UPDATED: May 22, 2020 (Memorial Day Weekend)
The North Carolina Aquariums and Jennette's Pier remain CLOSED based on the state moving into the Safer at Home Phase 2. Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 141 to transition from North Carolina’s Stay at Home Phase 1 order into Phase 2 with a modest easing of COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. Certain businesses remain closed as the state continues to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Read the Phase 2 press release and the FAQs in EnglishOpen PDF. Spanish language resources can be found here and here Executive Order No. 141 Spanish

UPDATED: May 12, 2020

The North Carolina Aquariums and Jennette's Pier remain closed awaiting permission from Governor Roy Cooper to open. The governor signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 pm. Certain businesses remain closed as the state continues battling COVID-19.  Read the press release and the FAQs in EnglishOpen PDF and SpanishOpen PDF.

“The health and safety of people in North Carolina must be our top priority,” Cooper said. “This plan provides a roadmap for us to begin easing restrictions in stages to push our economy forward.”

Governor Roy Cooper origionally issued Executive Order 121Open PDF, a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. The Executive Order directed people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order baned gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. Read the press release and the FAQs in EnglishOpen PDF and SpanishOpen PDF.

Essential Operation Teams at each Aquarium and Pier will continue to provide expert care to all animals during this time.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, program participants, and the animals in our care. In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Order 117 and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the North Carolina Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier will temporarily close to the public starting March 17. Given how quickly this situation is changing, we will continue to provide updates here on our website and via social media channels. 

What this Means

  • Aquarium programs and events are canceled. If you purchased a ticket or registered for a program, we will be reaching out to you separately if you haven't already heard from us. Additionally, you can email or call the aquarium for more information on what to do next:
  • All North Carolina Aquarium Society memberships will be extended for a period equal to the length of time that the aquariums are closed. This extension will be applied automatically and you will not need to take any action to enable this. Should you have any questions about your membership, please contact the North Carolina Aquarium Society at (800) 832-3474 or [email protected] You may find additional information at ncaquariumsociety.com.

Thank you for your understanding and your ongoing support for our mission to “inspire appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments.” Stay safe during this challenging time and we will see you again soon at the North Carolina Aquariums and Jennette's Pier.  

ANIMAL CARE

Essential staff will remain on-site to care for thousands of animals in aquarium care, and all of the animals are healthy and doing well. The Aquarium's dedicated animal caretakers work diligently to ensure the best possible health and well-being of the animals. That includes planning for emergencies like this and stocking up on extra food and supplies for the animals. An additional mix of staff onsite, as well as those working remotely from home, ensure the Aquarium will be ready to re-open and welcome guests back once this critical situation has subsided.

Be INFORMED

Please keep yourself informed of all the latest COVID-19 health updates at these links: N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control

STAY IN TOUCH

We will post regular updates on this page as well as on all of our social media channels with include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can follow the aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll ShoresRoanoke Island or Jennette's Pier in Nags Head on these social media platforms 

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