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7May

LETTER TO PROVINCIAL MINISTERS OF TOURISM: CANADA’S ACCREDITED ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS EAGER TO SHARE REOPENING PLANS

OTTAWA (May 7, 2020) –

Dear Minister,

Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums across Canada came together last week to share plans on how they will contribute to the safe reopening of Canada’s tourism sector. Personnel from all over Canada exchanged ideas on opening strategies.

Each province has developed a thoughtful, safe and realistic re-opening strategy specific to their own situation. Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums are at the forefront of scanning the world for best practices and learnings as they engineer their respective environments to accommodate physical distancing, enhance cleaning procedures and maintain the highest quality of animal care.

Among the procedures expected to be used include:

  • Using Google maps to help with creating 10m2 family bubbles
  • one-way directional pathways
  • hand sanitizers through the park
  • use of masks by staff and visitors where necessary
  • timed ticketing
  • on-line payment and limited use of cash

Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums will close off areas, large food spaces, planned camps and other similar activities as they strive to welcome visitors back with the knowing they have taken necessary health precautions.

These plans are not being developed in isolation; accredited members are consulting with health officials ensuring expectations are met.

Throughout this pandemic, Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums continue to maintain the highest standard of animal care and community outreach during the pandemic. While the financial reality continues to be very difficult, our place in the Canadian fabric and connection to communities across Canada has never been stronger.

Together as we learn more and begin to understand what it necessary to re-open, CAZA members are partners with government to restore tourist volumes in a safe manner.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can assist you with our re-opening ideas.

Sincerely,

Jim Facette
Executive Director
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
Mobile:   (613) 850-2669
Office:     (613) 627-3779

cc: Provincial Premiere

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