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Zoo Atlanta to reopen Saturday with coronavirus safeguards

Zoo Atlanta will reopen to the public on Saturday with protocols in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The recent changes are a part of the zoo’s first phase of its reopening, zoo officials announced Thursday. 

One of the protocols includes timed ticketing to control the number of guests inside the zoo at a given time, according to a news release detailing the zoo’s plans. Tickets can be purchased online starting Thursday. No cash transactions will occur at the zoo and paper maps are now available online. 

“As important as this is to us, it was essential that we not reopen the zoo until we could do so confidently, with the safety of our visitors, team members and the animals in our care as the No. 1 priority,” Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond B. King said in a news release. “Many weeks of planning have gone into our reopening, and everything we have done or will do is being done with this in mind.”

Except for bathrooms, indoor facilities will be closed. Splash Fountain, rides and play areas will also be closed. Food and gifts will be sold from outdoor kiosks.  

Zoo staff acting as pathway guides will enforce social distancing in the park. Zoo Atlanta employees will also wear masks. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks, but it is not required.

The zoo will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday and beginning Sunday zoo hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timed tickets can be purchased at https://zooatlanta.org/tickets/


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Zoo Atlanta is the city's first zoological venue that opened to the public in April 1889.

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