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Vancouver Aquarium website temporarily crashes due to high demand for masks

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April 26, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The Vancouver Aquarium's website temporarily crashed this morning due to the high number of customers shopping for face masks.

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the aquarium have teamed up to sell face masks, with net proceeds helping to save the aquarium.


Last week, the aquarium announced that it might permanently close if it can’t find the funds to cover operating costs.

A statement from the facility says animal care and habitat costs for its 70,000 animals exceed $1 million a month and revenues have dropped to almost zero since the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close.

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on its Twitter page at roughly 9 a.m., that “due to the current demand for masks at we are experiencing technical difficulties.  It takes a village to crash a website.”

Yesterday, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced in a Tweet that more than 25,000 masks had been sold.

The website is now up and running. Face masks are available for $17.99 - $19.99, depending on the size of the mask.

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