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Maryland Zoo set to reopen to the public on June 27; safety measures will be in place

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 19:55:05-04

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Zoo plans to reopen to the general public on June 27, according to a release.

On March 16, The Zoo closed amid growing concerns for public safety, due to the spread of COVID-19.

Following the guidance of State and City public health officials, the Zoo will reopen following a phased approach that strictly limits attendance and programming. It will open for members only from June 24 - 26, followed by a general public opening on June 27.

“We’re excited and ready to welcome visitors back to the Zoo,” said Don Hutchinson, president and CEO of The Maryland Zoo. “We feel our sprawling, outdoor setting provides a perfect opportunity for a fun excursion and a way to make positive memories during this unusual time.”

Despite being closed to the public, the essential Zoo animal care and veterinary teams have been on-site, continuing to provide expert daily care.

Zoo visitors will find a number of new measures in place, including a new reservation timed ticketing requirement for all visitors, including Zoo members. Tickets must be purchases in advance to limit the number of guests during the day to support optimal social distancing.

Additionally, guests will follow a one-way path through the Zoo, while indoor spaces such as the Tundra Buggy and Chimpanzee Forest will be closed initially. Rides and attractions where physical distancing cannot be maintained or adequately sanitized between guests are currently closed. This includes, but may not be limited to: the Goat Corral, Jones Falls Zephyr Train, carousel, playground, as well as the Tree and Barn silo slides.

Wearing a mask will be required in some areas where social distancing is not possible, such as the Main Gate entry, gift shop and concession stands, and recommended in the rest of the Zoo.

Zoo staff are also required to wear masks.