SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park reopened Saturday with limited shows, shopping, dining and transportation and a vow to focus on safety.
Guests were required to answer a few health questions before entering the parks. There is a mask requirement for guests and employees. Parks have signs reminding visitors to observe social distancing.
Daily capacity will be limited and same-day reentry won't be permitted, the parks said. Reservations will be required for everyone older than 2.
Additionally, both parks are resuming operations in stages that will start with outdoor dining only, 25% capacity in retail outlets, one-way path modifications and barriers, an increased number of hand-washing and sanitizing locations and robust cleaning routines by staff.
"Although your next visit might feel a bit different from your past treks through the Zoo and Safari Park, you'll discover there is still plenty to see and do," a statement from the parks said. "Guests can once again experience wildlife with their families, stroll among diverse habitats, and take part in fun, educational activities that bring us closer to the natural world."
The zoo's Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus and Skyfari Aerial Tram and the Safari Park's Africa Tram will be unavailable.
The announcement of the re-opening was made Monday, hours after a regional stay-at-home order was lifted by state officials. The parks had been closed since the state order went into effect Dec. 7.
In a statement about safety, Seaworld said, "SeaWorld is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. We have worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19."