SAN ANTONIO – As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, the city of San Antonio and all of its tourist spots are taking extra precautions to limit the spread of the virus.
Several tourist and city attractions have issued statements on how they plan to combat the spreading of the virus and what precautions they currently have in place.
Here’s a consolidated list of attractions in San Antonio that are currently open or closed due to coronavirus concerns:
UPDATED March 19th @ 2:30p.m.
Tower of the Americas - OPEN
San Antonio Aquarium- OPEN
City Sightseeing San Antonio (double-decker bus tours) - CLOSED
“We have suspended operations as of today until further notice. We look forward to resuming our Hop-On, Hop-Off Double Decker Tours when the threat of the virus passes.”
LEGOLAND Discovery Center - CLOSED
“LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio is temporarily closed until further notice as mandated by Mayor Nirenberg. The attraction is tentatively scheduled to re-open on April 18th. If you have purchased tickets for the dates when we will be closed, you may use these tickets for any future date through December 31, 2020. For additional questions, please click here or contact SanAntonio@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com"
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! - CLOSED
The Historic Quadrangle - CLOSED
Fort Sam Houston Museum - CLOSED
Army Medical Department Museum - CLOSED
San Antonio Botanical Garden- CLOSED
“Out of an abundance of caution for our employees and guests, and with the announcement of the City of San Antonio’s Fourth Declaration of Public Health Emergency, the San Antonio Botanical Garden will close effective Thursday, March 19, until further notice. This closure includes all gardens and grounds, buildings, including programs, classes and events. The Botanical Garden will continue to carefully and closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and reassess opening the gardens at a future time.”
Texas State Parks
Texas State Parks will be limiting park programming and closing public access to park headquarters, visitor centers and park stores starting at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Most state parks are still open but with limited operations. Get updates: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks-map
The Alamo - CLOSED
The Alamo will close at the end of the business day on Monday until further notice, according to the landmark’s Facebook page. The Facebook post said the Alamo would close due to updated national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of San Antonio amid the coronavirus pandemic. Visitors are encouraged to continue following the Alamo’s social media channels for updates on when it would reopen.
“Following advice from health officials to practice social distancing, Ripley’s will be temporarily closed starting on Wednesday, March 18th. If you have already purchased a ticket, your ticket is valid for one year from date of purchase. If you have additional questions or concerns, please email Attractions@Ripleys.com. We want to thank all our team members and guests, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety in the communities that we serve. We look forward to reopening our doors, and welcoming our guests back soon.”
Natural Bridge Caverns - CLOSED
“At Natural Bridge Caverns, there is no higher priority than the safety of our guests and staff. Since the onset of COVID-19, we have followed the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities. In light of the President’s recommendation today to limit public social activities and group sizes to less than 10, we will suspend operation beginning Tuesday, March 17th through the end of the month. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will reevaluate as needed. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Natural Bridge Caverns. If you have purchased tickets for a tour during one of the days we are now closed, please call us at 210-651-6101 between 9am and 4pm and we will help you reschedule for another date or refund your purchase. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please follow us on Social Media for updates.”
Pearl-OPEN, but events are canceled
“Pearl continues to monitor the developments surrounding novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Pearl’s top priority is the health and safety of our community. With this in mind, the following changes are being instituted immediately: All Pearl programming is suspended until further notice. Gustav’s Geysers is turned off until further notice. Venue Open House is suspended until further notice. Weekend Farmers Market is suspended until further notice.”
The McNay - CLOSED
“Due to increasing health concerns, we are taking a precautionary measure to maximize social distancing and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Beginning today, March 16, at 5 PM, the Museum and grounds will temporarily close until further notice.”
“We have also suspended all public programming until further notice, including our Spring 2020 International Artist-in-Residence public opening reception and talk, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, from 6-9 pm. You can read our full statement here.”
Morgan’s Wonderland - CLOSED until March 19th
“At Morgan’s Wonderland, we work diligently to provide a safe place for EVERYONE to enjoy. The safety of our guests, employees and volunteers has always been -- and will always be -- our top priority. In the past week, we have been closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation and taking steps as advised by the CDC, WHO and local health officials. In response to Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s declaration of a public health emergency, Morgan’s Wonderland will be closed to the public from Saturday, March 14, through Thursday, March 19; these dates are subject to change based on recommendations from health officials. Please visit www.MorgansWonderland.com and our social media outlets for the latest information. All tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and you can reschedule your visit for a future date by filling out this form – https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/6VCtfFn53603kv. We appreciate your understanding and support during these unprecedented circumstances, and we hope to welcome you to Morgan’s Wonderland again very soon!” -Bob McCullough, APR Communications Director
San Antonio Zoo - CLOSED until March 20th
“San Antonio Zoo, Kiddie Park, and Will Smith Zoo School are temporarily closing effective Saturday, March 14, through Friday, March 20, 2020, as part of our commitment to the health and safety of our community, guests, Will Smith Zoo School students, and team members. We are following the lead and directive of our local health and government officials as a measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Zoo Train and Starbucks will continue to operate in Brackenridge Park... As a 501(3) non-profit organization, San Antonio Zoo relies on ticket sales, guest visits, and donations to operate. This closure will have a significant impact on its overall operating budget. The zoo is asking the community to consider donating to its emergency fund to assist in the care of its animals and team members. Support is more critical now than it has been in its entire 106-year history.”
Witte Museum - CLOSED until March 20th
“Mayor Ron Nirenberg has issued a Declaration of Public Health Emergency, so the Witte Museum will close to the public by the end of the business day, March 13, 2020, and remain closed for seven days, through March 20, 2020. The City of San Antonio will re-evaluate in seven days. We look forward to seeing you at the Witte Museum soon.”
The DoSeum- CLOSED until March 20th
“In compliance with the Mayor’s Declaration of Public Health Emergency, and in the best interest of our guests and staff members, The DoSeum will be closed beginning today, March 13th through Friday, March 20th. This includes any programs/events scheduled for the week through March 20th. While there have been no presumptive or confirmed cases of Coronavirus on our premises, we’ve made this decision out of caution and out of our commitment to protect guests, staff, volunteers, and the community at large, whose safety and well-being are our top priorities. By suspending operations, we hope not only to protect our own community but to do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 within the larger San Antonio community.”
AT&T Center- POSTPONING EVENTS
All of the major events in March have been postponed.
SeaWorld San Antonio - CLOSED for rest of the month
“As part of our continued commitment to the safety of our guests and Ambassadors, and out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing all our theme parks, effective March 16, through the end of the month. During this time essential personnel, including animal care experts, will continue to look after the health, safety and nutritional needs of the animals in our care. Our animal rescue and rehabilitation operations will also continue to operate. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will continue to pay our full-time Ambassadors during this period. We are monitoring this evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation closely and coordinating with public health officials. We look forward to welcoming our valued guests back to our parks soon. Guests can obtain the latest information on park operations by calling our customer care center at 407-794-0017.”
Six Flags Fiesta Texas - CLOSED for rest of the month
"Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Over Texas have temporarily suspended operations until the end of March, effective March 14. While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at either property, the safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, and will follow the current guidance of federal, state, and local officials. For guests seeking information about a previously scheduled visit, please go to https://www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas/plan-your-visit/coronavirus-update.
Schlitterbahn- CLOSED for rest of the month
“Beginning March 14, Schlitterbahn will temporarily close its parks in both New Braunfels and Galveston through the end of the month. We continue to follow guidance from local and state officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our properties, we believe this is the right decision for our guests, associates and community. Our Schlitterbahn Resort hotels will remain open. We will work with our guests who have prepaid tickets or booked rooms during the time period of our park closures. Refunds or re-bookings may be requested by contacting us at email@example.com. Our guests and associates are considered family. We have their well-being at the forefront of our decision-making. We are committed to responding to questions and requests over the days and weeks ahead and appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience as we manage through this ongoing situation. Sincerely, Richard Zimmerman Chief Executive Officer Cedar Fair Entertainment Company”
San Antonio Museum of Art - CLOSED for rest of the month
“Dear Art Lover, The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, docents, speakers, and staff are our highest priority. The Museum will close to the public at 5:30 p.m., March 13, 2020, and remain closed for seven days, through March 20, 2020, at which time the situation will be re-evaluated. It is our hope that these steps will help contribute to the sustained good health of our community. We will continue to keep you informed through our website, samuseum.org and social media. Thank you for your support of SAMA.”
Santikos Theatres- CLOSED
Regal Movie Theatres- CLOSED
“Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all Regal theatres will remain closed until further notice as a precaution amid the current circumstances. It’s our goal to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and guests. We value your patronage and have no doubt we will be serving you again as soon as possible with a full slate of Hollywood blockbusters. We will continue to update the status of all theatres on our mobile app and online at REGmovies.com."
Majestic & Empire Theatre - RESCHEDULING PERFORMANCES
“Under the direction of Mayor Ron Nirenberg, large public gatherings in San Antonio, TX with 500 people or more will be banned effective immediately for seven days. As a result, all performances scheduled for March 13-14 at the Majestic & Empire Theatres have been rescheduled for later dates - - Ali Wong: Mik & Money Tour rescheduled to August 15, 2020 - “One Night With You” rescheduled to September 5, 2020 - Alamo City Jazz: Warren Hill + Cindy Bradley rescheduled date to be announced All tickets for the original performances will be honored on the rescheduled date. Patrons not able to attend the new dates are eligible for refunds at point of purchase. Please contact 800.982.2787 or ticketmaster.com.
Due to the growing concern over COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, all performances of Disney’s ALADDIN scheduled March 25 through April 12, 2020 will be postponed. WE ARE WORKING ON BRINGING DISNEY’S ALADDIN BACK TO SAN ANTONIO. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS, WE WILL REACH OUT TO YOU EARLY NEXT WEEK. We are navigating an unprecedented situation in real time, and ask for your patience. We will be in touch as soon as possible with more information on the status of this event. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure the health and well-being of our audience, staff, cast and crew before anything else. All performances for the remaining shows in Broadway in San Antonio’s season are expected to go on as scheduled. Should anything change, we will send an update to all impacted ticket holders. We look forward to welcoming back into a clean and safe gathering space for our community to enjoy the shared experience of seeing stories unfold live on stage. Thank you for your patience and your continued support."
Woodlawn Theatre - POSTPONING PERFORMANCES
“In compliance with the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation, and Mayor Nirenberg’s request of limiting gatherings of more than 50 people, Woodlawn Theatre will be postponing On Your Feet, Godspell, Jr. and School of Rock. We are currently looking at other dates so that we may bring these amazing productions to the Woodlawn stage and continue our goal of providing high quality entertainment to San Antonio audiences. Once new dates have been determined, those who have already purchased tickets can exchange them for a new date by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we will be limiting our staff until further notice and appreciate your patience with this. In addition, we ask that instead of requesting a refund, for you to please consider donating your ticket purchase. As a nonprofit, we are trying to lessen the financial effects during this trying time. The Woodlawn Theatre Academy will be postponing all rehearsals until further notice. All Academy in-person classes will transfer to online only classes beginning March 23rd. More information to come on this transition soon. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance and although we are saddened by this turn of events, we will get through this together and we look forward to seeing you soon at the historic Woodlawn Theatre. In the meantime, be safe and be good to one another.
The Public Theater - POSTPONING PERFORMANCES
"Based on the recommendation of the CDC, the WHO, and local city officials: For the health and safety of our patrons, production members, and staff we have decided to postpone our production of Bright Star until April 24th (or later as governed). We are postponing the current production of Admissions until further notice. The production of Bright Star will return with a strong five week run and we anticipate an encore performance of Admissions.
This schedule change makes a significant financial impact on the organization as well as impacts the future programs. We will be delaying the production of Lonely Planet until further notice and cancelling More Better Beautiful. We will cancel the production of Amelie but are hopeful to produce a concert version. We are investigating live video-streamed reading workshops of More Better Beautiful. The productions of Into the Woods and Fade remain on schedule.
The theater will be operating with limited staff until April 13th. Many arts organizations are facing heavy burdens due to lack of revenue and attendance caused by the important need to reduce the spread of the Corona virus. The Public Theater will be diligent with its mission and vision to create professional theater in San Antonio and Bexar County. We will honor all exchanges among the various production titles. We ask for your patience and kindness during these confusing times. If you are contemplating a refund, we encourage you (if able) to consider your ticket as contribution to the theater."
The Classic Theatre - POSTPONING PERFORMANCE
“Dear Classic Patrons, Yesterday evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people throughout the U.S. should avoid events of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. With that recommendation, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio is suspending all performances for the near future- Our Town will be postponed to a future date. We are committed to performing Our Town for our town when we have gotten through this crisis. Thank you for your patience as we work to move forward in the best possible manner. More information to come. Sincerely, Kelly Roush Executive/Artistic Director”
“Dear Patrons, Donors and Friends of The Tobin Center: As our community continues to respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City of San Antonio have issued an order to cancel or postpone gatherings of 500 or more. The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and its resident companies will immediately follow this order. We appreciate the leadership of our public officials and will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves to ensure the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff before anything else. We are currently working to reschedule all performances through April 25th that were set to take place in our venues. Your patience with us is greatly appreciated, as this process may take some time. We will directly email patrons regarding the status of each performance as details are confirmed. The most up-to-date status for each event is available on our website calendar at www.tobincenter.org. As events reschedule, patrons will be notified of the postponement, and the new event details as soon as we have them. Those who cannot make the rescheduled event date will have the opportunity to request a refund for a limited amount of time once the new date has been announced. Please be patient, as we remain dedicated to presenting as many performances in the future as possible, and it will take some time to work with all scheduled performers. Should your event cancel in the future, all tickets and parking paid will be automatically refunded to your original form of payment. Please note: refunds are only available for tickets purchased directly through the Tobin Center’s TOBi Box Office (in person, by phone or online). The Tobin Center is not responsible for the refund practices put in place by secondary ticket providers. The health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff are top priority for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. We hope that the healing effects of the performing arts and culture will help heal and unite the community upon our return. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to The Tobin Center (a non-profit arts organization) to assist and maintain our community mission through these very challenging times. Please go to www.tobincenter.org/donate.”
Sincerely, Michael J. Fresher, President and Chief Executive Officer
We’ve reached out to several other tourist attractions around town and are currently waiting for their responses. This is a developing story and we will bring updates as they become available.
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