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Cleveland Zoo reopens with new safety precautions: Masks suggested, not required

Here is what you need to know before visiting the Cleveland Zoo as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open again!

The zoo officially hits the restart button Wednesday, June 17 with a variety of new safety protocols in effect to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Guests are encouraged to wear facial coverings during their visit, but it's not a requirement. Employees, however, are required to wear a mask.

Here are other highlights of the new safety precautions:

  • Reservations will be required in advance to visit the zoo. You can purchase tickets HERE.
  • Limited capacity.
  • Hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
  • One-way directional flow at some exhibits, including Rosebrough Tiger Passage, Asian Highlands, Wolf Lodge and African Elephant Crossing.
  • The following areas will remain closed: Playground locations, Contact Yard and Camel Ride experience and the tram service. "Interiors of certain buildings may be closed at times depending on capacity or staff limitations," zoo officials noted in a press release.
  • Zoo staff to frequently sanitize high-touch areas like restrooms, doors, glass and railings.
  • All zoo concessions (excluding the RainForest Cafe) will be open, weather permitting. Lines and tables will be separated to maintain proper distancing.
  • Handwashing stations installed throughout the zoo.
  • Wheelchair and stroller rentals will be disinfected between uses.

The Akron Zoo is also reopening Wednesday as well. You can read more about their plan HERE.

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