By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS)– The Lincoln Park Zoo is temporarily closing Monday due to the pandemic.

City and state guidelines require buildings to remain closed to the public.

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The zoo says it’s not safe to keep all the staff and visitors outside, since it’s winter.

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Visitors also wouldn’t be able to see a lot of the animals. Most of them go inside their exhibits to stay warm.

The zoo is offering virtual events until it reopens in March.

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