Calgary Zoo to reopen Saturday, with crowd control in mind

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The Calgary Zoo reopens this weekend for the first time since the global outbreak of COVID-19 forced the facility to shut down more than two months ago.

While it was open to members only on Friday, Saturday is officially the kick-off for the public and there have been some significant changes as the park complies with Alberta Health Services guidelines and precautionary measures.

“It’s not going to be perfect out of the gates,” said Alison Archambault, spokeswoman for the Calgary Zoo. “We’re going to be making little changes every day, every week as we see consumer behaviour and notice areas we can address some gaps and make people feel more safe.”

The first change is all zoo members and the public are required to obtain timed ticket entries, available on the Calgary Zoo website, where attendees can reserve a specific entry window in advance of their arrival.

There is no time limit for how long patrons stay, however. The purpose of the timed tickets is to ensure there are no long lineups in the main entryway.

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