Which zoos and safari parks will reopen on June 15? Strict new rules for guests

Zoos in England have been given the go-ahead to open on 15 June.

Boris Johnson has announced outdoor attractions, including zoos, safari parks and outdoor cinemas, will be able to reopen alongside non-essential shops next week.

Sites including London Zoo, Chester Zoo and Longleat Safari Park will reopen to guests from Monday – albeit with strict new rules and social distancing in place.

Capacity will be limited, and certain attractions must remain closed for the time being.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Which zoos are reopening on Monday?

ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will both reopen on Monday. Tickets must be bought online in advance, and all guests will be given a time-slot, either morning or afternoon.

Patrons, members and fellows must also book their free tickets online.

There will be one-way routes around the zoos, and indoor attractions (including the reptile houses) will not be open. Keeper talks will not be running, and social distancing will be encouraged on site.

Chester Zoo will also reopen on Monday. Capacity will be limited, and strict social distancing will be in operation.

There will be self-scanning ticket lanes, protective screens and regular hand sanitisation stations.




From Monday 15 June to Wednesday 17 June, Longleat Safari Park will only be open to annual pass holders.

It will then open to the general public on Thursday 18 June, on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a 50p booking fee which will be donated to good causes.

Only the safari drive-through will be reopening.

Woburn Safari Park is also only opening its road safari. Ticket prices have been reduced to reflect the foot safari being unavailable.

Colchester Zoo and West Midland Safari Park have both also confirmed they will be reopening on Monday.

Marwell Zoo is yet to confirm whether it will reopen its gates on 15 June, while Bristol Zoo Gardens will remain closed for the time being.

Paignton Zoo is aiming to reopen at the beginning of the July, while Blackpool Zoo is hoping to announce a reopening date in June soon.

Zoos in Scotland, including Edinburgh Zoo, will not reopen.

What will the rules be?

The government has made it clear that zoos and safari parks can only reopen if they follow strict social distancing measures.

Only outdoor attractions are allowed to reopen, so reptile houses and indoor aquariums will remain closed.

Sites will be operating at reduced capacity, and there may be one-way systems in place.

Cafes and restaurants will be takeaway only.

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