Jackson Zoo scheduled to reopen with limited restrictions

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Jackson Zoo will reopen its gates on Saturday, August 22, to visitors. The Jackson City Council met on Thursday to discuss the final budget for the zoo.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some safety measures include wearing a mask, purchasing tickets online and social distancing. Other zoo merchandise will be on sale, such as hand sanitizer and gloves.

Groups are limited to 10 people or less and only 500 guest will be allowed in the park per day. 

All visitors must make reservations online before arrival and then bring your bar code receipt and pay for your reservations at the zoo’s shop when you arrive. 

In addition to those safety measures, food trucks and vendors will be stationed outside of the zoo.

The zoo’s interim Director Dave Wetzel said it may not be completely back to normal yet, but it’s fun to allow people back in.

There’s nearly $300,000 of changes made to the Zoo. New air condition and heating systems in the primate exhibits and new fencing to limit contact from the public to the animals. 

To visit the zoo this opening weekend, online reservations are available here. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids.

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