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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo increases capacity

Posted at 9:18 PM, Sep 17, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Changes are coming to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Most of Nebraska recently entered Phase IV of Governor Pete Ricketts' Directed Health Measures. This allows the zoo to increase overall capacity.

They will no longer have a limit on the number of zoo visitors starting on Friday, September 18, 2020. This also means that zoo members will no longer have to reserve a time slot online. In a news release, the zoo said paid ticket sales will be available at the zoo. However, they still encourage non-members to reserve timed tickets online. They said this system helps encourage social distancing and limits contact.

Capacity inside zoo buildings will expand to 75% of rated capacity.

They are also reopening Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night.

Under the city's mask mandate, masks are still required inside buildings until at least October 20. The zoo encourages them outside, too.

Zoo-goers will continue to see signs, hand sanitizer and distance markers that remind people of best practices.

The zoo says it is expecting a significant revenue shortfall. The Omaha Zoo Foundation has launched an Emergency Fund campaign. You can learn more about it, here.