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19th May 2020

Fota Wildlife Park to reopen from tomorrow

Sarah Finnan

Fota Island

Fota Wildlife Park will reopen from tomorrow.

A popular tourist attraction down in Cork, one of the Rebel County’s top attractions, in fact, Fota Wildlife Park has revealed that it will reopen its doors from tomorrow – open only to those living within a 5km radius of the park for now.

Taking to social media, the team tweeted to say that they have “developed new measures in line with #SocialDistancing”, some of those being that park numbers will be limited to 500 people and visitors will need to pre-book their trip ahead of time.

A post on the park’s website detailing the added health and safety measures that will be implemented reads:

“As part of our commitment to the continued well-being of our visitors, team members and the animals in our care, and in ongoing efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice during and before your visit.”

All guests, including members and annual pass holders, must book their visit in advance so as to safe and comfortable capacity. A number of the indoor venues will remain closed, in keeping with current government and HSE guidelines – including the shop, café, restaurant, Tropical House and Madagascan Village. Areas classed as “high-frequency touchpoints” will also remain closed with that extending to the playground and tour train.

Staff also updated the public on in-park feedings, wildlife talks, face-painting and arts and craft sessions, all of which have been suspended until further notice. There will also be additional hand sanitiser dispensers at key points throughout the park.

(Header image courtesy of @fotawildlife)

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