When will zoos reopen? – The Sun

ZOOS and other indoor attractions have been sorely missed by many during the latest lockdown.

But as Boris Johnson's four-part plan to ease restrictions rolls out, places will be able to welcome back visitors.

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When will zoos reopen?

There are 141 zoos and aquariums in the UK, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

And Boris Johnson has confirmed that outdoor attractions including zoos and theme parks will be allowed to open from April 12 onwards.

That is the same date gyms, hairdressers and shops will open up again, with pubs, restaurants and cafes allowed to serve food and drink outside from then too.

Many zoos have already implemented one-way systems, additional hand washing facilities, sanitiser stations and "viewing spots" painted on the ground, to encourage visitors to maintain the two-metre rule.

Both Chester Zoo and London Zoo have reported financial difficulties during lockdown with the former revealing the attraction could end the year £24m in debt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It added it was struggling to survive and its food bill alone was £55,000 per month.

How has the government helped zoos during lockdown?

In May 2020, the government revealed they would pledge £14 million in support to help zoos survive.

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said: “We understand the challenges faced by zoos and aquariums during these unprecedented times.

"But it’s vital that we do not move too quickly in reopening to ensure public health is protected.

“We have provided a £14m support fund to ensure zoos are able to continue to care for their animals.

"Alongside this, work is ongoing to understand how and when zoos and aquariums may be able to reopen in a safe way to the public whilst maintaining social distancing.”


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