Brookfield Zoo recently announced its phased reopening plan after being temporarily closed to guests since March 19 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Zoo members are welcomed to once again enjoy the outdoor areas of the park beginning July 1, and the general public starting July 8.

Enhanced operational protocols and procedures include the following:

•A reserved timed-ticketing system to limit guest capacity. Reservation times will be available in 20-minute increments. All admission and parking tickets must be purchased prior to arriving. All tickets are nonrefundable, and no rain checks will be made.

•A cashless environment to minimize person-to-person contact. Only credit cards will be accepted at outdoor food and beverage carts and merchandise kiosks.

•Face coverings required for guests age 2 and over.

•All indoor spaces are temporarily closed. Seasonal food stands and outdoor souvenir carts will be open throughout the zoo.

•High-touch areas and restrooms sanitized with hospital-grade cleaners on an increased cleaning schedule.

•Hand-sanitizing stations located throughout the zoo.

•Signs and visual markers reminding guests to maintain adequate social distancing.

•No paper zoo maps available at the gates. Guests can download a map from the zoo’s website.

Additional operational protocols include staff temperature checks at the start of each workday, wearing face coverings and wearing gloves if handling food or products.

In addition to seeing animals, guests can go back in time to a prehistoric period.

Visitors will have the chance to explore outdoor areas and embark on a safari in search of dinosaurs as part of a temporary exhibit, Dinos Everywhere.

The interactive exhibit includes more than 40 animatronic dinosaurs and allows guests can answer dino-related trivia questions for an opportunity to win a prize.

For nature enthusiasts, the zoo’s park-like setting is a perfect destination to venture out and enjoy the more than 100 trees and woody plant species located throughout the park. A detailed map that identifies the zoo’s complete list of trees, where they are located and a brief description about each tree, including images, is available on the zoo’s website.

Admission to the zoo, which includes access to Dinos Everywhere, is $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 3-11 and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15.

It is recommended that guests read through all safety guidelines prior to visiting the zoo.

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