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Cleveland Metroparks Zoo reopens this week and you'll need to make reservations to visit

Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 19:10:30-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will reopen its doors Wednesday, but if you plan to visit you will need to make reservations.

Click here for more information on tickets and reservations.

The zoo has been closed since March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The zoo said it will follow guidelines and best practices from the Ohio Department of Health as well as the Centers for Disease Control.

The following precautions are being taken:

  • Several exhibit areas will operate in one-way directional flow, including Rosebrough Tiger Passage, Asian Highlands, Wolf Lodge and African Elephant Crossing.
  • Handwashing stations are located across zoo grounds for guests to wash their hands frequently. Zoo staff will be frequently sanitizing all high touch areas including restrooms, doors, glass, railings, KeyBank ZooKey boxes and ride attractions each hour. Additionally, all zoo employees are required to wear protective face coverings. Guests are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and wear facial coverings during their visit but facial coverings are not required.

The zoo said restrooms, first-aid stations and drinking fountains will all be open. Wheelchair and stroller rentals will also be available and will be disinfected between each use.

Concessions stands will be open, but the RainForest Café will remain closed. Gift shops will also be open.

According to the zoo, the following areas, attractions and services will remain closed:

  • Playground areas will remain closed.
  • The Contact Yard and Camel Ride experience will be closed.
  • Tram service will not be available.
  • Interiors of certain buildings may be closed at times depending on capacity or staff limitations.

Zoo memberships will also be reactivated on June 17. If you had a membership that was valid during the zoo’s closure, the time will be extended. More information regarding memberships can be found, here.

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