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Changes you can expect at The Living Desert once it reopens

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The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is putting together a robust coronavirus plan so that when it’s time to reopen park guests, staff and animals can remain safe.

News Channel 3’s Caitlin Thropay met with the zoo to learn more.

According to the zoo's president and CEO, Allen Monroe, here are some of the changes you can expect once the zoo is allowed to reopen:

  •  Limiting guest admittance
  • Timed entry tickets are required
  • Some buildings and other confined spaces will be closed
  • One way walking patterns will be used throughout the Park
  • Gathering points for activities will be discontinued
  • Frequently touched areas will be closed or disinfected regularly
  • Staff and volunteers have received specific training related to COVID-19
  • Physical distancing, face masks and other guidelines will be required based on the Riverside County Public Health Department guidelines
  • Staff and volunteers will undergo a daily wellness screening

"Our goal is to make the guest experience as similar to preCOVID as possible," Monroe said. "We have closed some of the buildings where social distancing is not possible but all the major habitats are open with the animals guests love to see," he added.

When given the okay to open by Riverside County, The Living Desert will be using their summer hours from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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