Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard on Friday outlined new precautions the zoo has put in place in preparation of reopening, but noted he is still waiting on word from Gov. Mike DeWine on when the zoo will be able to open its gates to guests.
"We look forward to opening," Maynard said. "We were hoping we would have already heard from Gov. DeWine when it would be possible for zoos to open, but we haven't heard that yet, and we're hoping to hear soon and that we can open in June. But we're ready though."
Once the zoo does reopen, some things will be different:
- Timed ticket entry
- 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 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. "We certainly don't want to go all the way through the summer being closed," he said.