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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium announces phased opening plans

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Posted at 11:10 AM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 23:47:03-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium announced their plans to continue opening more areas and exhibits on Saturday.

The openings will come in a phased approach and the decisions are based on the recent health and safety guidelines provided by Governor Ricketts.

Capacity limits will soon increase to 10,000 for the Zoo as a whole and they're preparing to open indoor exhibits for guests at 50% capacity.

Guests will begin to see changes starting next week pending approval of opening plans by the Douglas County Health Department.

Some important things to note include the following, according to the Zoo:

  • Two-way pedestrian traffic will be allowed on pathways, meaning the Main Entrance can be used for both entry and exit of the Zoo
  • The North Gate remains exit-only for now
  • The Gift Shop will open and concessions will increase operations
  • Drinking fountains and water refill stations will remain unavailable, along with the tram service
  • A limited supply of stroller, wagon, ECVs and wheelchair rentals will be available
  • Skyfari will begin operating on a limited schedule this weekend with increased sanitation and cleaning
  • Additional Plexiglas barriers will be installed to keep animals healthy
  • Masks will be required for guests entering buildings to protect the animals (children under 5 are exempt from this rule, including those with medical concerns)

“One careful step at a time in moving us forward is exciting for guests and staff,” said Dennis Pate, President and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “Much care and consideration has gone into our planning to keep the animals, visitors and staff safe and healthy at the Zoo.”

Guests will still have to make reservations online for a time to enter the Zoo ahead of their visit. Time slots are available every half hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. See more information here.