The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) announced it will abide by CDC officials but remain open to the public in wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Zoo announced on Friday it would close off interior buildings such as indoor animal exhibits, the Discovery Center, restaurants and gift shops at this time.
“During this time, guests may still enjoy the outdoor spaces, which include over 200 acres of walkways and paths, where zoogoers can view outdoor animal habitats. Public restrooms will be open during this time, and will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.” the CZS announced via the Zoo’s webpage.
Public indoor spaces at the Zoo will remain closed off through at least April 1st.
“The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff, and animals remains of paramount importance. As an extension of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, we felt it was important to find a responsible way to allow guests to enjoy our outdoor green space.” said Stuart Strahl, president and CEO of CZS. “We encourage common-sense health precautions as recommended by the CDC, including washing your hands, sanitizing belongings and surfaces, and avoid touching your face. We ask that guests who are not feeling well please refrain from visiting Brookfield Zoo until fully recovered.”
Other outdoor organizations across the area have instituted their own policies reguarding the COVID-19 spread, including Morton Arboretum, which has moved most classes online. Chicago Botanical Garden says it’s garden will remain open, but all other events, programs and classes are canceled through March 31st.
Cantigny Park in Wheaton has announced it will close all together in an effort to protect staff and visitors, as well as Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, which will remain closed through April 10th.