Chester Zoo has finally opened its door to the public after being close to getting shut down indefinitely. After the COVID-19 lock down in the United Kingdom, the government decided to shut down most businesses.
However, the Zoo is “UK’s biggest and most popular charity zoo.” They made a plea on social media and asked for people’s support during the pandemic. Writing, “We REFUSE to cut corners when it comes to caring for the animals. We REFUSE to give up on our fight to prevent extinction. And because of that, we’ve now reached the point where we desperately NEED YOUR HELP. We need you to SAVE OUR ZOO…”
The charity zoo also started a donation campaign to help continue taking care of the animals.
Furthermore, all their efforts have worked and Chester Zoo is finally reopening with precautions.
The Chief Operating Officer at Chester Zoo, Jamie Christon said, “A week ago we were in despair, not knowing when we would reopen, or if we could even survive if our gates had to remain closed for much longer.”
“But the unwavering support of the public, our members, those MPs who listened to us and backed our corner, and our global community has completely humbled us. It’s wonderful that, together, we have been heard,” Christon said.
Adding further, “We’ll be forever grateful to those who lent us their voice in our moment of need. To them we say thank you, from the very bottom of our hearts. We are also incredibly thankful to the Government for taking this step, for us, and for conservation of threatened species.”
“This isn’t over just yet though. There’s no denying that the zoo has suffered severe financial damage over the past three months and the road to recovery will be long and uncertain. However, we now start the process of rebuilding this great charity zoo, as we prepare to safely welcome back visitors through our gates – albeit in much, much fewer numbers – from Monday 15 June.”
The Chester Zoo is planning extreme precautions for their reopening. Not only are they limiting the number of visitors allowed, but the visitors will also have to book tickets online.
Also saying, “We’ve installed self-scanning ticket lanes, floor markings, one-way systems, multiple cleaning and hand sanitisation points, a huge amount of signage and protective screens in all of our key locations and service areas. We’ve also trained staff to ensure that social distancing rules are followed at all times.”
Concluding with, “People will be safer here than in public spaces, as we know can manage numbers and social distancing.”
You can donate to Chester Zoo here.