OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium reopened its aquarium and the Desert Dome. Three additional attractions are set to soon do the same.
In a release, the zoo said it will be reopening the following sites on the listed dates and times:
- The Lied Jungle's upper level only on Friday, June 26. It will be open from 9 am- 4 pm daily.
- The Alaskan Adventure splash grounds, with reduced capacity, on Saturday, June 27. Weather permitting, it will be open from 9 am-5 pm daily.
- The Lozier Giant Screen Theater on Monday, June 29. Two films will be showing daily: Turtle Odyssey 2D at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. and Superpower Dogs 2D at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The number of showings has been reduced to allow additional cleaning to take place. Seating will be limited and people will be asked to observe social distancing guidelines.
“Thanks to the great work of our employees and the overwhelming support of the Omaha community, the Zoo is continuing to take one careful step at a time back toward regular operations,” said Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “We are so happy to see guests enjoying the animals and learning, while remaining focused on the appropriate precautions to keep everyone healthy and safe.”
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.
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 am-5 pm.