PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will fully reopen to the public Monday after months of closures due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The zoo will be operating with modifications in place, including:
- Face masks will be required in both indoor and outdoor locations for all visitors over the age of two, regardless of vaccination.
- No tram service
- Limited capacity within the park
- Social distancing markers and reminders throughout the park
- Plexiglass barriers throughout the park
- Closure of log ride, zip line and carousel
- Single queuing lines
A few families showed up Monday morning when the zoo opened at 9 a.m. The zoo has been closed since December.
During the last two and a half months, the zoo did a lot of work behind the scenes.
They also worked on the new lion habitat and helped the new cubs get comfortable in their home.
While the cubs are not out just yet -- the zoo says you should be able to see them in just a few more months.
“It’s been a rough year, the zoo has really felt the impact of the pandemic,” said Brittany Baladis, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium director of marketing. “Our staff has felt it. Our visitors have felt it and we know our animals have felt it because they haven’t had the visitor traffic like they’re used to. So it’s been a really really tough year but we are so excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel and be reopening today.”
If you visited the zoo in 2020, you might remember you had to make an appointment. You don’t have to do that anymore.
You can just buy a ticket when you get to the zoo and walk right in. Tickets can be purchased online or at the front gates.
There are no longer time limits dictating how long you can stay at the zoo.
Also, be prepared to walk because the tram is not running.
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