Updated: June 24, 2020 06:09 PM
Created: June 24, 2020 11:03 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Seneca Park Zoo will reopen to members on June 26 and the general public on June 28.
Monroe County Executive Adam Bello made the announcement on Wednesday, based on Phase Four guidelines.
“We are excited to announce that the Seneca Park Zoo is reopening just in time for the start of summer, bringing back a special place for so many people and families in our community,” Bello said. “While we know everyone is excited to come back to see all their favorite animals, my family included, there will be new policies and procedures in place to make sure all guests, employees, volunteers and animals are safe.”
To limit overcrowding, timed-entry tickets will be required for admission, and members will need to make timed reservations.
Guests will also need to wear masks and follow a one-way route through the zoo, to help maintain social distancing.
Zoo officials say animals like lions, snow leopards, otters, red pandas and even giraffes have proven to be susceptible to COVID-19, so face coverings are an important part of keeping the animals, and their keepers, safe.
Additionally, some of the buildings are going to stay closed.
Members are invited to make reservations for Member Preview Days on Friday and Saturday.
The online ticketing system will be live at 1 p.m. on Wednesday so guests can start planning their vists.
For more information, head to the zoo's website at https://senecaparkzoo.org/.
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