The Oakland Zoo welcomed back visitors Wednesday after being forced to close their doors in late December during a second statewide shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today is a great day,” executive vice president Nik Dehejia said. “Seeing all the families excited to come back and get outside … we are so happy to be open after being closed for almost 60 days.”
Zoo officials said they would follow guidelines implemented by the state and Alameda County Public Health Departments to ensure guests’ and animals’ safety. The number of visitors will be limited to enforce social distancing; advanced ticketing will be required; and all guests are required to wear face masks.
The reopening also means that the zoo will revive its holiday Glowfari event, which features larger-than-life animal lanterns; the event resumes Friday.