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BAMZ to reopen to the public

The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo will soon reopen to the public (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo will reopen its doors next Monday after a month-long closure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Flatts area attraction shut its doors on December 12 after an increase in coronavirus cases on the island.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Home Affairs, which is responsible for the attraction, said: “We wish to thank our patrons for their patience as we navigate the challenges associated with the pandemic to keep our staff healthy and by extension ensure the continued care for our animal collections.”

She added that the building would be open from 9am and the last admission would be at 4pm.

Covid-19 regulations will require visitors – except for children under the age of two – to wear face masks inside, in covered areas and in animal exhibits.

Visitors will also be required to disinfect their hands before entry and use social distancing.

The spokeswoman added: “Requirements may change based on guidance from the Government of Bermuda, so visitors should take note of the protocols posted at the front entrance.”

Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, said he was happy to have BAMZ open again.

Mr Roban said: “I am grateful to everyone who has been doing their part to stay safe during this time.

“I would also like to recognise the dedicated BAMZ staff, who continued to care for all the animals in the facility while it was closed to the public.”

People can sign up for visits online at https://tinyurl.com/mybamzentry.

But visitors can still fill out a contact tracing form at the front desk on arrival.

The spokeswoman said: “Those who do not sign-up in advance may have to wait briefly, if necessary, to provide adequate physical distancing between people, especially in the Aquarium Hall.”

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Published January 23, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated January 22, 2021 at 2:55 pm)

BAMZ to reopen to the public

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