If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, another option is available this coming Saturday, May 16.

The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park opens this Saturday after COVID-19 delayed it. The zoo’s season typically starts in April.

But because of COVID-19, the zoo has prepared some detailed plans on how to keep people safe in a crowded environment.

Sunny Katseanes, the education curator for the zoo, mentioned some of the guidelines in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio.

These are some of the things the zoo will implement to adhere to guidelines from public health officials:

  • The zoo will only allow a certain number of people in the zoo at a time. They will count how many people are in the zoo at a given time as people come into and exit the zoo.
  • The line at the front entrance will be formed in a way that allows people to practice social distancing.
  • The gift shop will be closed.
  • Playgrounds will be off-limits.
  • Petting zoos will be closed.
  • People will not be able to purchase zoo passes at the zoo itself (they can be purchased on the zoo’s website).
  • Education programs will not be held until further notice from the zoo.
  • All zoo workers will wear facemasks (visitors are not required to wear masks).

Despite the restrictions, Katseanes said the zoo provides a great opportunity to get outside and clear your head of all the COVID-19 hysteria.

“The zoo is a great way to your mind off all of this excitement going on in our world,” Kateanes said. “We just hope everybody will come to the zoo and have a great time.”

Katseanes asks everyone to please respect the health and safety of everyone there.

The zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the zoo’s website.