You’ll just have to gaze longingly at the bluebonnets in your neighborhood. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has closed to the public in an effort to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

The center on March 14 joined a growing list of cultural venues and events pressing pause over concern about spreading the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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"To further protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and guests, the Wildflower Center is now closed to the public," reads an email sent to patrons by Patrick Newman, the center’s executive director. "We will reopen if the situation allows on Tuesday, March 31. In accordance with the CDC’s recommendations to practice social distancing, all assembled group activities, including classes and upcoming events, are cancelled or postponed through March 31."

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