Jersey Zoo to reopen 'soon' – but with strict safety measures

JERSEY Zoo says it will reopen 'soon' – but with strict measures in place to protect visitors.

Picture: COLLETTE BISSON
Picture: COLLETTE BISSON

The organisation has not yet set a date for when it will open its gates, but has outlined the restrictions that will be put in place when it does.

These include:

– Limiting the number of visitors per day

– All visitors must pre-book tickets online

– Entry will be in half-hour slots throughout the day

– All visitors and staff must wear face masks at all times

– Protective screening will be installed at contact points

– Card payments only, no cash will be accepted

– Floor markings will demarcate 2m distances to manage queues

– Hand sanitiser points around the Zoo

– Keeper Talks will not take place

– Both cafés will offer takeaway options only

– Many indoor animal areas will remain closed

– Both the indoor and outdoor children’s play areas will remain closed

It will also operate some members-only days and time slots.

In a statement, the Zoo said: 'Jersey Zoo is currently closed but we hope to reopen our gates again soon.

'We will let our members and visitors know via email and post updates on our website and social media channels as soon as we have a confirmed date for reopening.

'As a thank you to our members for their loyalty over the past few weeks, we plan to offer some members-only days and time slots. When we reopen, all members and visitors will need to prebook tickets online via Eventbrite. All members and visitors will require a ticket, including adults and all children, even those under the age of three.'

It added: 'We have made the decision to limit our visitor numbers so that we can safely manage people and ensure physical distancing.

'A maximum number of 500 visitors will be permitted to enter the zoo each day, with this split into half-hour time slots between 9.30am and 4pm, allowing a maximum of 36 people into the zoo per time slot. Visitors will only be permitted to enter the zoo at the time slot they have booked.'

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