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The Los Angeles Zoo is planning to reopen on Wednesday, Aug. 26, after being closed since March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the closure, zoo administrators worked to create a safe, modified reopening experience for guests that conforms with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s safety protocols. The county’s rules for zoos include operating at a limited capacity, having timed-ticketed entry, closing indoor and high-touch spaces, requiring face coverings and installing supplemental signage throughout the property.
An online, reservation-based ticketing system for all visitors and members will be used at the Los Angeles Zoo. General admission and member reservations are available by visiting lazoo.org/reopening.
“By the time we reopen our gates on Aug. 26, the L.A. Zoo will have been closed to our community for an unprecedented 166 days,” said Denise M. Verret, CEO and director of the Los Angeles Zoo. “The world has changed over the last several months, and so has your Los Angeles Zoo. You will notice enhanced protocols and procedures onsite to ensure the health and safety of all guests, staff and animals. We are thrilled to be able to yet again provide our community with an outdoor, enriching experience that connects people with nature and the animals in our care.”
In addition to the online ticketing system, guests can expect enhanced cleaning procedures for high-contact surfaces and restrooms, hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo, new traffic flow indicators, and markers and barriers to promote physical distancing. High-touch areas such as Papiano Playpark, the contact yard at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel will remain closed. Some other indoor and enclosed exhibits may also be closed, and in-person talks, presentations and events have been suspended. Face coverings are required for all zoo staff and guests.
The Los Angeles Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. For information, visit lazoo.org/reopening.
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