Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City, other Chattanooga attractions closing in coronavirus scare

The Tennessee Aquarium is seen from the Republic Centre building Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Republic Centre is the tallest building in Chattanooga.

UPDATE: The Chattanooga Zoo is closed to the public until further notice and High Point Climbing and Fitness has temporarily suspended operations of all facilities beginning March 18 through March 31.

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As concern about the spread of coronavirus grows, at least six Chattanooga tourist attractions will temporarily close, including the Tennessee Aquarium, the region's biggest draw.

Closures at the Aquarium, the Imax 3D Theater, Creative Discovery Museum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Rock City Gardens and the Battles for Chattanooga Museum start this weekend, a move expected to deal a staggering blow to the city's $1.1 billion annual tourism industry just as the annual spring uptick in visitors begins.

Tennessee Aquarium officials announced Friday that the Aquarium and adjacent Imax 3D Theater would close through March 27 "in an abundance of caution for Aquarium guests, staff, volunteers and the Chattanooga community."

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