While a portion of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium remains closed to visitors, the Delaware County attraction remains very much in the news.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) public health concerns, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has taken precautionary measures at its park and closed its public indoor facilities and rides, and temporarily canceling its events, tours and programs beginning Saturday, March 14 until at least Monday, April 6. At this time, most outdoor animal habitats remain open and some food and beverage offerings are available, though on a limited basis. Guests will receive half off admission prices, and refunds will be issued for events, tours and programs.
As always, the health and safety of guests, team members and the animals in their care is the Zoo’s priority. The Columbus Zoo continues to closely monitor the developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Columbus Zoo performs regular and thorough cleaning and disinfecting. For guests’ safety and convenience, hand wash stations and alcohol-based sanitizers are also available throughout the facility. In accordance with health guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Zoo encourages staff, volunteers and guests to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to make use of the hand sanitizers stationed throughout the Zoo. Additionally, they recommend that staff, guests and volunteers avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and, for the safety of others, remain at home if they feel ill.
Like all public venues, the Zoo continues to monitor the situation and follow guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, as well as other federal, state and local authorities, including the Ohio Department of Health, Delaware County Public Health Department and Columbus Public Health Department.
There is good news, however, as the Columbus Zoo has been nominated for Best Zoo and for the Best Zoo Exhibit by USA Today. You can read more about this and vote (before April 13!) at this location online.