By CBSLA Staff

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — The Santa Ana Zoo will reopen Tuesday for the first time since mid-March.

The zoo, at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. in Prentice Park, will reopen to the general public and members with a modified schedule and new safety measures. It shut down on March 16 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Santa Ana Zoo is opening! After closing our gates on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are ready to safely reopen to the general public and our members on Wednesday, Sept 09. The Zoo will be reopening with a modified schedule of Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm (last admission at 4pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays). During the closure, the Zoo worked on creating a safe, modified reopening experience for our guests that conforms with the State of California guidance. Changes include limited capacity, closure of indoor and high-touch spaces, requirement of face coverings, and supplemental signage throughout the zoo. What guests can expect: First-come, first served entry based on capacity. Required face coverings for all Zoo staff, volunteers and guests ages 2 and older. Enhanced cleaning procedures for high-contact surfaces and restrooms. Additional hand sanitizer or hand washing stations available at various locations throughout the zoo. The closure of high touch areas including the playground, mazes, bird aviary, and goat yard in the farm. The closure of rides including the Zoofari Express train, Conservation Carrousel and 50 Monkeys Ferris Wheel. The closure of indoor exhibit spaces including the Exploration Outpost. For additional information please visit our website at Thank you for your patience and support during our closure. We are excited to welcome you back to the zoo! #zooopening #guanaco #rhea #staysafesantaana #facecoveringsandsocialdistancing #santaanazoo #thesantaanazoo

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Santa Ana Zoo, known for its population of monkeys, will reopen with a new schedule – Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last admission at 4 p.m. The zoo will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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As with other zoos that have reopened, indoor attractions, rides and high-touch areas will remain closed, and new signs will remind visitors to keep their distance, and follow new traffic flows and pathways throughout the zoo. Capacity will be limited and face masks will be required for all visitors, staff and volunteers 2 years old and up. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

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