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Phoenix Zoo announces second closure due to coronavirus pandemic

Jul 6, 2020, 6:43 PM | Updated: 9:11 pm

(Twitter photo/@PhoenixZoo)...

(Twitter photo/@PhoenixZoo)

(Twitter photo/@PhoenixZoo)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Zoo announced on Monday it would be closing for the second time this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Phoenix Zoo has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis in Arizona,” Phoenix Zoo Director of Communications Linda Hardwick said in a press release.

“Given the continued rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, and after much deliberation and careful consideration for the well-being of our staff, guests, animals and the community, we have made the difficult decision to close our doors once again to foot traffic effective immediately.”

Though closed to foot traffic, the zoo’s Cruise the Zoo event — where visitors can enjoy the zoo’s offerings from the comfort of their vehicles — is scheduled to occur again Aug. 6-10.

Hardwick added that existing zoo memberships will be placed on hold so that customers do not lose any time at the facility in the future.

The zoo will also honor pre-purchased tickets at a later date.

Following more than three months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the zoo initially reopened to members on June 13-14 before allowing the general public admission on June 15.

While still closed in May, the facility first welcomed visitors back in a limited capacity when Cruise the Zoo was first introduced.

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Phoenix Zoo announces second closure due to coronavirus pandemic