The Donkey Sanctuary shuts Sidmouth HQ to the public as a precaution amid UK coronavirus outbreak

The Donkey Sanctuary has shut its HQ near Sidmouth to the public as a precaution amid the UK coronavirus outbreak.

Charity chiefs say the temporary closure is a result of them following government advice.

“The safety of our visitors, our donkeys, and our staff is paramount and is an overriding factor in our decision making,” said the cause on its website.

“Our resident donkeys are not affected and they will continue to receive the highest level of care from our dedicated grooms who will continue to work as normal.”

The international animal welfare charity’s decision to close its base and Donkey Assisted Therapy centre in Sidmouth follows moves to close sanctuaries in Ivybridge, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Belfast.

The Donkey Sanctuary centres in Ireland, Italy and Spain have also been shut to the public.

Donkeys can still be seen on the charity’s webcams.

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