It seems that we’ve all been sat at home for the last couple of months, harbouring a serious longing to go to our local zoos - because now that they’re all starting to reopen their doors after having to shut up shop during lockdown, ticket sales have apparently gone through the roof!
Both Chester Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park have said they’ve sold out on tickets until July the BBC reports, with both sites reopening earlier this month (June) with new policies including limited visitor numbers and strict social distancing measures implemented.
At Chester Zoo, visitor numbers are currently limited to 3,000 each day - which compares to the 20,000 daily admissions that were the norm before the pandemic.
The Cheshire-based site was very concerned about its future a few weeks ago, warning that it could face debt of £24 million by the end of the year - but it can now take positive steps forward, welcoming people through its doors once again.
At the start of June, Chester Zoo’s penguins were adopted by supermarket chain Iceland, which also lobbied the government on behalf of the zoo to encourage changes to the legislation allowing zoos to open with social distancing in place.
As for Knowsley Safari Park, bosses reported a loss of £3 million but said they were very excited to open up once more, with car numbers limited to £400 each day - half of what would typically be seen. Protective screens have been installed at entry kiosks and the park and associated roads now bear coronavirus signage.
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