Dallas Zoo Scales Back Activities Amid County's COVID-19 Spike

The Dallas Zoo reopened to the public on Friday after 11 weeks of being shut down during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
NBC 5 News

The Dallas Zoo announced Wednesday that it would be scaling back activities in the zoo due to limit exposure in high-touch and indoor areas.

"This is a proactive measure on our part, based on the ongoing, upward trend of COVID-19 cases in Dallas County, and in light of officials revisiting broader reopening plans," the zoo said in a statement.

The changes include:

  • Closing all indoor areas, including sit-down restaurants
  • Allowing customers to bring their own food and drinks
  • Temporarily stopping giraffe feeding
  • Closing all rides

On May 29, the Dallas Zoo reopened with reduced capacity and restrictions, like time slots, in place and loosened those restrictions over time. However, a recent spike in COVID-19 cases caused the zoo to scale back activities.

Dallas County reported a new record high of 708 new COVID-19 cases Thursday.

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