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More reopenings at Henry Doorly Zoo in time for holiday weekend

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 18:28:37-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Last month, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium announced the reopening of several attractions as coronavirus-related restrictions loosened across the state. On Thursday, the zoo announced it will reopen three more sections of the zoo just in time for the holiday weekend.

On Friday, the Hubbard Expedition Madagascar, Hubbard Gorilla Valley, and Hubbard Orangutan Forest will all reopen. In addition, the zoo's capacity will increase to 9,200 on grounds and building capacities will remain at 50 percent.

“As we approach the holiday weekend, we hope the Omaha community will spend part of it with us at the Zoo. We have almost all exhibits available for guests to enjoy,” said Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “It continues to be one careful step at a time as the Zoo reopens buildings and attractions. The health and safety of our animals, guests and staff is our top priority.”

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.

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.

Previous reopenings at the zoo:

Aquarium, Desert Dome reopens at Henry Doorly Zoo

More attractions reopening at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo