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Coronavirus Update: Columbus Zoo Reopening & More

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Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here.

The Numbers

COVID-19 cases — As of Friday, June 5, 5,011 cases and 234 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 6,604 cases and 307 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.

Statewide, 37,758 cases and 2,355 deaths have been confirmed or are probable.

Columbus Zoo Reopening

On Thursday, June 4, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and his administration announced categories of entertainment center facilities that could reopen later this month.

Starting on June 10, aquariums, movie theaters, art galleries, museums, zoos, indoor entertainment centers, indoor sports facilities, playgrounds, roller and ice skating rinks, public recreation centers and the like can reopen.

That of course includes the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which announced on Friday, June 5, that the facility would reopen to members beginning June 12. For the general public, the zoo will reopen on Monday, June 15.

The zoo will be open daily from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. All tickets must be pre-purchased or pre-registered online, and will be timed and dated to ensure health restrictions such as staggered entry and social distancing can be followed. Guests will also be given a timeslot for entry, and are asked not to arrive before then.

Face coverings for guests are encouraged, but not required.

For more information on changes guests will see, check out the zoo’s reopening plan.

More Openings

Beginning Friday, June 19, casinos, amusement and water parks, and possibly outdoor theaters will be able to reopen.

The Governor also announced a plan set out by organizers of the Memorial Tournament has been approved. The golf tournament is scheduled for July 13 through 19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and is officially allowed to have patrons at the event.

The tournament is set to announce more details over the coming week.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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