The Kansas City Zoo, which has been closed for more than eight weeks, will reopen Saturday. New procedures designed to encourage social distancing and maintain the safety of both visitors and zoo staff include:


• All guests must reserve an entry time. These entry times will be available, in 15-minute increments, at kansascityzoo.org. Guests without online access can reserve an entry time by calling 816-595-1234. Guests are asked to wait in their cars until the entry time printed on their tickets. There will be a limited number of tickets available in order to keep the attendance within current COVID-19 guidelines.


• Masks. All zoo employees will wear face masks. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks for their own safety and for the safety of others.


• Increased social distancing. Shows and Zookeeper Chats are temporarily suspended but are available virtually. Indoor exhibits will allow only one-way traffic as will pathways around the Africa section and through Australia and Tiger Trail. The Africa Tram will operate with a limited capacity. All other zoo rides will begin operations as it is determined safe to do so.


• Reduced high-touch areas. Food and beverages will be available with physically distanced seating, pre-packaged utensils and condiments and no self-serve options. Water fountains and refill stations will be closed, but free water will be available at any food stand. Playgrounds, play equipment and animal feeding stations are temporarily closed. Hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the zoo. Touchless credit card payment is encouraged whenever possible.


For other questions, visit kansascityzoo.org or call 816-595-1234.


– Submitted to The Examiner