ZooMontana Outlines Phase 1 of Re-Opening Plans

April 24, 2020

As Governor Bullock announced the phased reopening plans for Montana on April 22, 2020, businesses and organizations within our community immediately began game planning what that would look like and how to safely make that happen in the days to come.

Following the advice and recommendations of health officials, numerous AZA facilities, and small businesses within the community, ZooMontana followed suit with an announcement of their own on April 23, detailing plans for Phase I of its May 4 reopening. Please note, the Zoo will remain on winter hours through May (10am-3pm with the last admissions at 2pm).

ZooMontana’s Plans for Reopening

  • May 4-10: Zoo Members Only
  • May 11: Zoo opens to general public. Daily attendance will be capped at 10% of the Zoo’s capacity (500 guests/day)

While ZooMontana is excited to reopen, we must do so in a manner that is safe and responsible. For this reason, Phase I will include several strict guidelines that will be followed until further restrictions are lifted. These guidelines are as follows: 

  • All guests must practice social distancing within the Zoo. Please be mindful of other guests.
  • No groups larger than 10 will be permitted.
  • All buildings, except restrooms, will be closed until further notices. Please practice social distancing within the restrooms and proper handwashing.
  • Playgrounds will be open with hand sanitizing stations available. Please watch your children and their distancing to other children.
  • All animal feeders and extra options, such as the photobooth, wind machine, and penny machine will be out of commission until further restrictions are lifted.
  • ZooMontana is not booking groups or field trips at this time.
  • Tickets can be bought online (site pending), or onsite at the time of your visit.

The above dates, times, and guidelines are subject to change. 

ZooMontana remains committed to keeping guests, staff, and the animals safe during this challenging time. Your support and patience is appreciated as we all work together to adjust to this ever evolving new normal in the coming months. 

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