Zoo Negara will reopen for business today, after about two months of closure due to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

According to a post the national zoo's official Facebook page, the number of visitors, however, will be limited to contain the spread of COVID-19.

"Zoo Negara is closely monitoring local developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on current assessments, the zoo will remain open as scheduled with a reduced capacity of 1,250 visitors at any given time.

"Watch our website and social media pages for any changes to our regular operations," said the post.

We're thrilled to officially announce that Zoo Negara is re-opening to everyone from Friday, 18th Dec 2020. Zoo Negara...

Posted by Zoo Negara Malaysia on Thursday, 17 December 2020
Meanwhile, the New Straits Times (NST) quoted the zoo's deputy president Rosly @ Rahmat Ahmat Lana saying that the tickets, costing RM45 for adults an RM18 for children, will be sold on a first come first served basis.

He also reminded visitors to wear face masks, practice physical distancing, and use hand sanitisers.

"We are finalising arrangements, such as making sure there are enough parking spaces, to ensure a smooth flow," he was quoted telling the daily.

Zoo Negara is open from 9am to 5pm daily.

When the Movement Control Order (MCO) was first enforced last March, the zoo ran into serious financial troubles and was forced to dip into its emergency reserves to pay staff salary and keep the animals fed and cared for.

Besides, the zoo also started the "Adopt an Animal" programme to source funds from the public to support expenses which amounts to about RM1 million monthly.

In June, the zoo reopened for visitors after the government relaxed restrictions following a drop in COVID-19 cases, but the third wave of coronavirus infections forced yet another closure in mid-October.

Source: Zoo Negara Facebook, NST
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