Greater Vancouver Zoo, in Aldergrove, has outlined 90 per cent of its guest experience during the COVID-19 pandemic to be one-directional. (GV Zoo photo)

Aldergrove zoo to reopen with staff in masks, one-directional visitor experience to tackle COVID-19

It’s June 1 reopening will be ushered in by words from Darryl Plecas, Legislative assembly Speaker

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is planning to reopen to the public on Monday at 9 a.m. after more than a month in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, a zoo spokesperson confirmed.

The announcement comes as phase two of B.C.’s Restart Plan gets underway June 1. Provincial parks and resorts will implement social distancing measures while open – to curb COVID-19 community spread.

To usher in the end to the Aldergrove’s facility shutdown, Darryl Plecas, Speaker of the Legislative assembly, will say a few words.

Joining him will be general manager, Serge Lussier, and animal care manager, Menita Prasad, of the zoo.

READ MORE: Greater Vancouver Zoo closes to the public due to pandemic

Full details, including new health-related guidelines to be followed at the wildlife park, can be found on its website.

“For the indefinite future,” the zoo will be a “predominantly one-way experience, clearly marked and outlined” with paw prints on the ground to promote six-feet of social distance and lines painted two-metres apart for admission and train lineups.

The remaining 10 per cent of the zoo’s foot traffic will be in two directions, “but only on roads four-metres wide to allow for bi-directional traffic to remain tw0 metres apart,” according to the zoo’s reopening plan.

Zoo keeper talks, its playground, North American Wilds viewing deck, and vivarium will remain closed – along with all other group activities.

Staff will “wear risk-appropriate masks, face shields, and gloves whenever in a public part of the zoo or in view of a public area, when their work will always not enable them to social distance,” as outlined in the reopening plan.

For them, there will be separate staff rooms based upon their department.

Guests will not be required to wear masks for entry to the zoo, though they are recommended and will be available for purchase on site.

Sanitization stations will be available for public use at all high points of contact, including railings and the admissions area.

“We are taking every precaution we can to make the GV Zoo the safest location you can bring your family,” the zoo posted publicly.

RELATED: Aldergrove zoo envisions $20M revamp, plans to revitalize the zoo ‘slowed’ by COVID-19

AldergroveCoronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley students mark Orange Shirt Day

Sept. 30 initiative aims to raise awareness about government-run residential schools

Air quality across the Lower Mainland could worsen slightly

AQ health index could see ‘low risk’ gravitate into ‘moderate risk’ from Vancouver to Hope

How Langley football star Chase Claypool was nicknamed “Mapletron”

A reference to all-time NFL great Calvin Johnson Jr.

BC Green Party announces candidate for Abbotsford South

Former provincial and municipal candidate Aird Flavelle seeks election

CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Sept. 27

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Orange Shirt Society launches first textbook on residential school history

Phyllis Webstad and Joan Sorley worked on the 156-page book to help educate students

NDP asks Elections BC to investigate Liberal voter fraud allegations in Surrey-Fleetwood

Campaign organizer for MLA candidate Garry Thind allegedly solicited personal information from voters to request mail-in ballots over the internet, NDP says

Mobile hair salon rolls into Fraser Valley

Prime Real Estate Salon is a fully functioning hairdressing business located entirely within a truck

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Metis pilot Teara Fraser profiled in new DC Comics graphic novel of women heroes

The Canadian pilot’s entry is titled: ‘Teara Fraser: Helping Others Soar’

Horgan vows to replace B.C.’s shared senior care rooms in 10 years

$1.4 billion construction on top of staff raises, single-site work

Burnaby RCMP search for suspects after man racially abused, has coffee thrown on him

Police treating the incident as a hate crime and assault

Surrey police probe serious crashes, one fatal

Police want to talk to witnesses or anyone who might have dash-cam video

Most Read