INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo is ready to reopen as soon as it gets the go-ahead from the Mayor's Office.
Zoo officials hope to learn when that will be during the Mayor Joe Hogsett's update Thursday at 2 p.m.
While Gov. Eric Holcomb announced plans to move the state into Stage 4 starting Friday, June 12 — two days earlier than initially planned — Marion County has lagged behind because the high number of COVID-19 cases.
As the zoo waits to get the go-ahead, it's sharing the new rules and precautions to keep guests safe. They include timed ticketing with online reservations, which means guests must get their tickets in advance.
Other changes include:
- Staff will wear masks with guests strongly encourage to do the same.
- All zoo transactions will be cashless.
- Visitors must remain at the vehicle until their entry time.
- Indoor exhibits will be one-way traffic only, with limitations on how many people can be in the space at one time.
- The zoo will be sanitized and disinfected daily with additional hand sanitizers throughout the zoo.
- Water fountains will be turned off with guests encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
- The indoor cafe will be closed, but food will be available from outdoor take-out windows.
- Rides, playgrounds and overnight experiences will initially be closed.
“We have a safe and smart plan to reopen for visitors," said Dr. Rob Shumaker, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoological Society. "I know people are eager to return to the Zoo and I am confident we will provide a safe, healthy environment and a great experience."