BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — The Gladys Porter Zoo was asked to closed their gates on March 17. Zoo officials say this is the longest the facility has ever had to shut down.
The zoo will reopen with some changes to ticket purchases, as well as some new guidelines that will be put in place to keep visitors safe on Monday, June 8.
Zoo officials say you will not be able to just walk up to the facility and expect to get in. If you want access to the zoo, you will have to make reservations and purchase tickets on-line.
The reservations will be made in 15-minute windows and even members will have to make reservations.
“It’s an arrival window. Basically, you have to meet, and so we’re doing everything in 15-minute arrival windows, to try and limit the amount of people we have out in line in the front, and then limit the amount of people that are flowing through the zoo,” says Cynthia Galvan, Director of Marketing.
Visitors will also be encouraged to sanitize their hands, social distance, and visitors 5 years and older will be asked to wear a face covering. The zoo will also create a one-way path through the park and some indoor facilities will have capacity limits.
Additionally some areas like the playground and the discovery area will be off limits.
Starting Friday morning at 9 a.m. you can go online to make your reservations.
If you need assistance purchasing your tickets the zoo has posted a video to their Facebook page.