Brookfield Zoo to reopen March 1

After two months of voluntary closure, Brookfield Zoo will reopen to the public on March 1.

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Brookfield Zoo will reopen March 1 after being closed due to COVID-19 for two months.

Brookfield Zoo will reopen March 1 after being closed due to COVID-19 for two months.

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Brookfield Zoo will reopen to the public March 1 after being closed for two months by the coronavirus pandemic.

The zoo voluntarily shut down Dec. 31 — the second time Brookfield Zoo had closed during the pandemic.

Mitigation measures will remain in place upon reopening.

The zoo will be limited to 25% capacity, up to a maximum of 9,000 visitors. Reservations for the zoo and zoo parking must be made through the zoo’s website — czs.org/BrookfieldZoo — with tickets sold for specific entry times, spaced 20 minutes apart.

Tickets will range in price from $18 to $25.

All transactions at the zoo will be cashless.

Visitors must wear masks when social distancing is not an option, according to Leah Rippe, a zoo spokeswoman. Indoor spaces, except restrooms, will be closed. The carousel and motor safari also will remain closed.

The zoo says it is cleaning more often, and has added more hand-sanitizing stations.

There are no plans for any formal reopening celebrations, though the zoo is bringing back the ‘Dinosaurs Everywhere’ exhibit, featuring animatronic dinosaurs throughout the park.

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