The Santa Barbara Zoo will close indefinitely starting Monday in accordance with California's new Regional Stay Home Order.
According to a news release from the Santa Barbara Zoo, only essential employees will be allowed to enter the zoo to care for the animals and the facility.
The Regional Stay Home Order requires sectors such as museums, zoos and aquariums to shut down for at least three weeks. After the three-week period, regions can reopen once their intensive care unit capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Community members interested in supporting the zoo while it is closed can make a financial donation by clicking here.
To learn more about the Regional Stay Home Order and the other sectors it will impact, click here.