Phoenix Zoo to reopen in June, 'Cruise the Zoo' extended

The Phoenix Zoo announced it will reopen next month and it has extended its "Cruise the Zoo" event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The zoo announced Tuesday it will reopen to members on June 13-14 and to the general public on Monday, June 15.

To accommodate its reopening, the Phoenix Zoo says it has made several changes amid COVID-19:

  • Capping daily attendance to 2,500 guests each day
  • Tickets must be purchased online in advance for a specific day.
  • Zoo members must reserve a specific day in advance to visit.
  • Acrylic guards have been installed throughout the zoo for the health and safety of employees and guests.
  • All zoo staff will be wearing masks. Guests are encouraged to wear masks, however, it is not required.
  • Strollers and wheelchair rentals will be sanitized before and after each use.

In addition, the zoo has added dates to its "Cruise the Zoo" event, which allows people to drive through the park to view a variety of animals.

  • Thursday, June 4 - Monday, June 8
  • Thursday, July 2 - Monday, July 6
  • Thursday, August 6 - Monday, August 10

For more information on the zoo's reopening, visit https://www.phoenixzoo.org/phoenix-zoo-reopening/.

In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus, but may put you in a better position to fight it.

To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.

And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.