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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo reopening on June 1

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Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has announced it will reopen on June 1, with new protocols in place designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo The Bridgeport venue, which is the state’s only zoo, will require all visitors except children ages 2 and under to wear masks and maintain 6-foot social distancing from other visitors. Tickets will only be available for online purchase and admission prices have been lowered to $15 for adults, $10 for children and seniors age 62 and over, and free admission for children under 3.

The zoo will operate in two sessions per day to allow a 50% visitor capacity, one from 9  a.m. to noon and the other from 1 to 4 p.m., with the midday hour closure being used for cleaning. Signs for a one-way loop will be posted around the zoo to minimize cross traffic. The zoo will not rent strollers or wheelchairs at this time, although visitors can bring their own.

All buildings will be closed to the public except for restrooms, which will be monitored and cleaned during the day. An online app will allow food orders for pick-up through a side window, and visitors can bring their own food. The zoo’s gift shop will have an outdoor kiosk for purchases via an online app.

“The safety of our guests, staff and animals is our number one priority,” Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said. “We’ve missed our guests and look forward to welcoming everyone back with confidence that we can all enjoy being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of animals and nature once again. We ask for everyone’s patience as we work through our new requirements in an unprecedented environment.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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