Hogle Zoo To Reopen Saturday With Restrictions

Apr 29, 2020, 3:51 PM | Updated: 4:42 pm
A lion looks on at Utah's Hogle Zoo. (KSL TV)...
A lion looks on at Utah's Hogle Zoo. (KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah’s Hogle Zoo will reopen on Saturday with some restrictions, zoo officials said.

The announcement came Wednesday after Salt Lake County officials announced some businesses may reopen and residents must wear face coverings.

“After 50 long days, we are very happy to reopen Utah’s Hogle Zoo to the public. The staff and the animals will be happy to see you,” said Steve Burns, Hogle Zoo president and CEO. “In order to keep our guests, staff and animals healthy, we will ask our guests to follow the rules while they are here. Together, we will get to stay open. I also want to thank the community for all its support and the Zoo staff for pulling together to get through a situation we could never have imagined.”

Zoo officials said they will be restricting the number of guests per day to comply with social distancing requirements.

Visitors must buy tickets in advance. Those tickets will be for a specific time slot and guests can only enter the zoo during their 30-minute window.

RELATED: Entertainment, Recreational Venues Beginning To Reopen Across Utah

Hogle Zoo members will not need to buy a ticket but must follow the same process and bring that ticket, with their membership, to enter the zoo.

Officials said the zoo’s indoor exhibits, playgrounds, train and carousel remain closed and visitors will follow a one-way path through the zoo.

Food and dining options will be walk-up and outdoor only.

Guests should bring their own face mask and will be required to wear it at all times as required by the county, officials said.

“We do hope everyone’s just kind of patient with us,” Erica Hansen with the zoo told KSL NewsRadio. “This is very much a work in progress, of course, like it is for all the businesses. I’m sure there will be tweaks and things we’ll figure out how best to handle it.”

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Hogle Zoo To Reopen Saturday With Restrictions