The zoo has been closed since March.
As zoos around the UK prepare to re-open on June 15, many are quickly making preparations for their grand re-openings, with Chester Zoo among those now ready to welcome back visitors.
And while we’re very excited to return to some of our favourite spots, businesses are making it clear that things won’t quite be the same as they were before, as strict social distancing measures are set to be implemented.
Before a huge campaign to urge the government to allow them to re-open, Chester Zoo made arrangements around how they will be operating when guests return to the park. Installing brand new features across the site, guests will now be able to enter using self-scanning ticket lanes, which will help to minimise the amount of contact required with others. Additionally, you will now be required to book online before turning up on the day, helping the park to significantly reduce the number of visitors on the premises at one time.
And while those steps will largely help to minimise contact between people, Chester Zoo has also installed features that will help us stay sanitary while there, with multiple hand sanitisation points across the 128-acre site, and protective screens at all service areas. Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights of most of the animals, as usual, however, indoor animal habitats will remain closed to the public until it’s completely safe to re-open them, alongside the indoor dining areas.
Chief Operating Officer at Chester Zoo, Jamie Christon said: “We plan to heavily limit visitor numbers, and all visitors, and members, must book online in advance.
“We’ve installed self-scanning ticket lanes, floor markings, one-way systems, multiple cleaning and hand sanitisation points, a huge amount of signage and protective screens in all of our key locations and service areas.
“We’ve also trained staff to ensure that social distancing rules are followed at all times. People will be safer here than in public spaces, as we know can manage numbers and social distancing.”
The government announced that zoos and wildlife parks could finally re-open again on June 15, following huge controversy after telling Chester Zoo they’d be required to remain closed ‘indefinitely’. The news sparked a huge campaign to help save the zoo, raising over £2m to fund it in just a few days.