Luckily, no seals were found to have caught the illness
The Seal Center in Pieterburen, near the coast of north-Groningen, will open again to visitors on Wednesday. The center was closed for three weeks after a volunteer tested positive for the corona virus. Subsequently, contract research by the GGD also revealed three other infections.
All four have been tested intensively in the past few weeks, until all were found to be negative. In the meantime they were in quarantine and the center was closed as a precaution, reports the GIC.
The seals have also been tested, and none tested positive for the Coronavirus. Due to the role the infected volunteers played, there was no reason to also test visitors.
The seal center works with students and volunteers from all over Europe. To prevent new infections, new volunteers are first being quarantined before they are deployed. All staff are also required to wear face masks for the time being.