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Denver Zoo to reopen with new safety guidelines

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 12:17:05-04

DENVER — The Denver Zoo is set to reopen after being closed since March 17 due to COVID-19.

Following the latest safety guidelines implemented by Governor Polis, the Denver Zoo is reopening to members this Wednesday, June 10, and to the general public this Friday, June 12. Tickets for Friday's opening are on sale online now.

In order to reopen safely, the zoo has enforced some new operational changes.

Guests can expect to purchase timed tickets online with 15-minute entry windows, limiting lines and crowds. A one-way lane will be used around the entire zoo, allowing all to see the habitats and attractions while maintaining social distancing. Regularly scheduled animal demonstrations and encounters have been modified to minimize contact, and buildings, attractions, exhibits, and play areas will be closed, except Stingray Cove, which opens mid-June. Restrooms and high-contact areas will be disinfected frequently and on a set schedule. All guests above age three will be required to wear a face mask.

“We are beyond thrilled to welcome back our community of friends and neighbors who have stood by our side and provided such crucial, meaningful support while we were closed,” said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO of Denver Zoo. “But we remain vigilant in our obligation to protect this community, and have gone through exhaustive planning and preparation so that our guests can feel safe and comfortable while connecting with our 3,000 animals.”

Since being closed almost three months, the zoo has suffered great loss due to the global pandemic. Just one week after closing, there were hundreds of job eliminations, lay-offs, and furloughs. It is still uncertain how many employees will return.