Kolmården zoo to extend successful, safe reopening

After a successful partial reopening, Kolmården Zoo in Sweden is ready to extend opening times from 1 May.

Kolmården Zoo previously reopened at weekends during April with several precautions in place. The zoo says that season card holders and hotel guests who visited during these weekends enjoyed the offerings that were available. It also says that its social distancing precautions have worked well.

Kolmården Zoo CEO, Christine Karmfalk, said that the partial reopening in April “shows that we can keep our park open safely, for guests, employees and animals alike.”

Limiting visitor numbers

There will be a limited number of tickets available each day, and tickets must be booked in advance online.

Distance markers will be in place in all queues, from attractions to food kiosks. Extended cleaning routines have also been implemented throughout Kolmården Zoo.

The safari track will remain open, with visitors asked to respect the distance markers in the queue.

Several attractions remain closed

The rides at Marine World will remain closed. All rides are closed in Bamses World, however the shops will remain open in this area. Bamse and his friends will be available to meet.

The popular Wildfire roller coaster will be open, however there will be a limit of 50 people in the attraction area at any one time. Visitors must keep apart in the queue.

Any attraction or show that could encourage a crowd to form will remain closed. Therefore, the dolphinarium and bird of prey exhibitions will stay closed. The Hope show will not take place to minimise crowds.

Similarly, animal sheds will remain closed. Instead, there will be more animal keepers in the zoo who will be able to talk to visitors about the animals.

The Wilderness Hotel at Kolmården Zoo remains open, with strict hygiene procedures for cleaning, food handling and serving in place.

Kolmården Zoo asks any visitors or staff members who have any coronavirus symptoms to stay at home.

Museums in Germany have also started to reopen as the government relaxes its lockdown.

Image: Kolmården Zoo