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Aquarium, Desert Dome reopens at Henry Doorly Zoo

Posted at 6:59 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 11:03:30-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Starting on Wednesday, some major attractions at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium reopened after being closed for months.

The Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium and the Desert Dome are open again. In addition to reopening the aquarium, the zoo also said aquarium renovations have been completed.

“Beginning to open indoor exhibits is a day we have been looking forward to. We are thrilled to welcome visitors back into the Aquarium,” said Dennis Pate, President and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “We continue to take one careful step at a time and remain focused on the safety and health of our animals, visitors and Zoo staff.”

The zoo says it made the decision to reopen the attractions after a risk assessment and going over recent health and safety guidelines provided by the governor's office.

Guests entering the buildings will be required to wear a mask unless they are five years of age or younger. People with medical concerns will also be exempt from the mask requirement.

The zoo's gift shop and Stingray Beach have also been reopened and Skyfari will be operating on weekends the zoo says.

Occupancy of indoor areas will be limited to 50 percent capacity and people must make reservations before going to the zoo which can be done on their website. Reservation slots are available every half hour between 9 a.m 5 p.m.