The Saint Louis Zoo has announced it will reopen Saturday, June 13 with new protocols for visitors, including requiring timed reservations and face masks, and limiting attendance to better allow for social distancing. All Zoo staff will wear face masks and all guests over the age of 9 will be required to wear face masks/face coverings while visiting. "Guests will be allowed to remove or lower their face masks when practicing good social distancing of 6 feet or more when eating or drinking," the Zoo announced in a news release.
Jeffrey Bonner, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo, said "Face coverings can help minimize virus transmission from asymptomatic individuals. Keeping our animal and veterinary care staff safe and protected is the best measure to keep our animals safe and at a minimal risk of exposure to a virus we know very little about."
Regarding the reopening of the Zoo, Bonner said "I am excited to share the news about our reopening and I hope everyone knows that the Saint Louis Zoo values safety. I am amazed at the incredible care our staff has provided to the animals during this pandemic as well as the diligent work underway in preparation to provide our guests with safe and memorable experiences."
Begining on June 8, visitors can make reservations for their future visit at the Zoo's web site or by phone. The Zoo will be open seven days a week.
Until then, families can enjoy daily videos from the Zoo's animal care team, as well as live webcams of the animals and virtual learning opportunities at stlzoo.org
The Zoo has previously announced it will not hold summer camps in 2020.
Photo: Saint Louis Zoo
Purina Farms is bringing the best of the farm to your home every week! You can virtually explore Purina Farms through videos featuring the animals, dog trainers and others who work there, as well as the pets who work and play at Purina Farms every day. Each day of the week features videos on a variety of topics including animal connections, training tips and responsible pet care advice for kids.
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