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Cincinnati Zoo Can Reopen June 10

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Jennifer Merritt
Zoo Director Thane Maynard speaks to reporters on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend 2020, which Maynard noted is usually "our biggest weekend of the year."

Updated: June 4, 5:10 p.m.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, closed since March 15, now has a date from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on when it can reopen: June 10. When it does open its gates back up to guests, some things will look different. 

"We're thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back," Zoo Director Thane Maynard said in a release. 

DeWine made the announcement in a Thursday afternoon email to press, where he also said aquariums, movie theaters, outdoor playgrounds, indoor recreation facilities and more could also reopen.

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A screen capture of part of the email Gov. DeWine sent on Thursday announcing new establishments that could reopen June 10.

From June 10-16, the zoo will only be open to members by reservation only. 

Maynard on May 22 outlined for media new precautions the zoo has put in place in preparation of reopening. Here's what will be different: 

  • Timed ticket entry
  • All tickets must be purchased/reserved online in order to manage attendance and provide a touchless transaction
  • Entry only through a new entrance on Erkenbrecher and Louis avenues
  • All staff will wear masks, and guests are encouraged to do the same
  • Hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the zoo
  • Indoor exhibits will be closed to guests for now
  • No train or carousel rides 
  • No indoor dining
  • Wheelchairs and strollers no longer available to rent for the time being

Maynard in May said available food would be more "grab and go" and that the food trucks and beer garden would remain open.
He also talked about the "big" financial hit the zoo has taken after being closed for the last two and a half months.  

Jennifer Merritt brings 20 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU.