Cincinnati Zoo opens Wednesday for the first time in three months

Cincinnati Zoo, other local entertainment venues reopen

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is among entertainment and recreation facilities that will open across Ohio Wednesday for the first time since coronavirus concerns shut them down three months ago.

Only zoo members with reservations will be allowed at first, with entry times spaced 30 minutes apart, zoo officials said.

The first group is scheduled to enter at 9 a.m., the last at 4 p.m., and the zoo will close at 5 p.m. seven days a week.

“It’s clear that people are ready to come back to the zoo,” Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard said.

“In fact, all of the available entry times for the first week that we’re open were snatched up by members within hours of making our reopening announcement! Don’t worry, there are more reserved spots available through the end of June.”

Starting Wednesday, June 17, the zoo will be open to general admission ticket holders with reservations.

Reservations and ticket sales cannot be made in person and purchasing a membership does not guarantee a same-day visit.

The zoo has announced they will be implementing new safety policies including:

  • Touchless entry
  • Increased sanitation including hand sanitizer stations
  • Reducing the capacity of the zoo to less than 50 percent and other social distancing
  • Face coverings are required for zoo employees and recommended for visitors.

“We will learn together as we go and will modify protocols based on observations, visitor feedback, and recommendations from state and local officials,” Maynard said.

“For now, we feel very comfortable with welcoming a limited number of visitors to enjoy the gardens and outdoor animal habitats. We hope to open indoor spaces and rides later this summer.”

Grab and go food will be available and there will be line markers to help people stay socially distanced, the zoo said.

Click here to get tickets and reservations, as well as all information about the zoo’s reopening policies.

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