Miller Park Zoo will open once again at 9 a.m. Friday, and visits will be by appointment only. In order to meet social distancing guidelines, there will be a one-way path throughout the zoo for guests to follow.

Miller Park Zoo is getting ready to open their doors back up at 9 a.m. Friday.  

Zoo visits will be on an appointment-only basis. Appointments can be made by calling (309) 434-2250. However, the first weekend of opening will be for Miller Park Zoo members only. 

After the opening weekend, reservations will open to non-members as well. Walk-up ticketing will not be available. Those interested in renewing their zoo membership or checking their membership status can visit Miller Park Zoo's website or call (309) 434-2250. 

The reservation process will allow the zoo to make sure there are 50 visitors or fewer at the zoo at any given time. In order to meet social distancing guidelines, there will be a one-way path throughout the zoo for guests to follow. There will also be special signage and paw prints on the ground to help the flow of traffic. 

Masks will be required for all guests over the age of 3 and masks will be available to purchase upon entry.  

Guests and families will be asked to keep a 6-foot distance between themselves and other guests. 

All indoor zoo buildings will be closed except for restrooms. The carousel, petting zoo, Zootique and concessions will also be closed for the time being. 

Miller Park Zoo employees are currently using a cleaning and sanitization method recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will be cleaning restrooms and other high-touch areas at least every two hours. 

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