Dublin Zoo to reopen to the public today with visitor restrictions

Those eager to enjoy the good weather with family can now visit Dublin Zoo, which will reopen to the public today

Dublin Zoo has announced that it will reopen to the public from today, with visitor restrictions in place in line with Covid-19 regulations.

All tickets to the zoo will have to be pre-booked online, and no more than 500 visitors will be allowed in the park at any one time.

This is less than 10% of Dublin Zoo's usual capacity at this time of year, according to a statement.


Visitors to the zoo can book into one of two daily sessions - one in the morning from 9:30am to 1pm and one in the afternoon from 2pm to 5:30pm for their visit.

Other restrictions include implementing a one-way route throughout the zoo to reinforce social distancing, and hand sanitising stations being available throughout the park.

Due to the social distancing restrictions, internal animal houses and enclosed habitat viewing areas, such as those that house the wolves, hippos and red pandas, will be closed to the public.

Playgrounds and shops within the park will also remain closed.

The Director of Dublin Zoo, Leo Oosterweghel, said that the past few weeks have been a "very challenging time" for the zoo, and stressed that the reopening would be based on a trial period.

"We have worked hard to ensure Dublin Zoo can once again reopen to the public, but health and safety come first, and we ask all visitors to bear that in mind when coming to see us," he said.

You can book tickets to Dublin Zoo via their website.


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