A a lot completely different Toronto Zoo reopens to the general public right now after months-long closure

Chris Fox, CP24.com

Printed Saturday, July four, 2020 9:57AM EDT

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The Toronto Zoo will reopen to the general public right now however it can look just a little completely different with guests required to buy timed tickets prematurely and persist with a one-way path when on the grounds.

The zoo closed to the general public again on March 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and remained fully off-limits to guests for greater than two months.

On Could 23 it launched a brand new drive-thru program dubbed the “Scenic Safari” so as to welcome again some guests however there was a strict coverage stopping folks from leaving their autos and there was solely a restricted variety of tickets out there.

Immediately the zoo will open its doorways for most people once more, turning into one of many first main vacationer points of interest within the metropolis to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CN Tower has mentioned that it’ll reopen on July 15th whereas the Royal Ontario Museum has introduced plans to reopen to members on July 9 and most people on July 11.

The Artwork Gallery of Ontario reopened to members this week however isn’t scheduled to open for most people till July 23.

“Our mission is connecting folks, animals and conservation science to struggle extinction however it will get actually exhausting to do this whenever you don’t have any folks coming by your door,” Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong informed CP24 on Saturday morning. “We’re actually excited to get company again into our zoo.”

DeJong mentioned that zoo is being “actually diligent” about monitoring the variety of folks it lets onto its grounds at anyone time and for that purpose is requiring all guests to ebook their tickets prematurely for a selected admission time.

He mentioned that zoo goers may also be anticipated to make use of a one-way path that goes across the inside of the zoo grounds, connecting with plenty of main pavilions and reveals.

“It is going to permit company to hop into buildings and go on some aspect trails however actually makes use of our huge bodily website to assist be certain that bodily distancing and decrease people being in shut proximity to one another,” DeJong mentioned.

Whereas the zoo itself is open plenty of facilities stay closed, together with its splash pad, all of its rides and its most of its present retailers.

All zoo goers may also be required to put on a face masks when indoors in line with a metropolis bylaw that can go into impact on Tuesday.