City of Toronto attractions, including the Toronto Zoo, Riverdale Farm, High Park Zoo and 46 city-run swimming pools, are now open to the public under the first step of the roadmap to reopen Province.
The Toronto Zoo, closed since November 2020, opened to the public, anticipating a crowd of 5,000 guests on its first day.
Among the many enthusiastic animal lovers were special guests, including Mayor John Tory, Councilors Jennifer McKelvie, Ward 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park and Paul Ainslie, Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood and the Zoo Council Chairman.
“It’s great to see the Toronto Zoo open to the public again and I encourage people to visit the zoo this summer,” said Mayor John Tory.
“Seeing the excited faces of the guests entering the zoo for the first time today was a great moment,” McKelvie said. “Welcoming guests to the zoo provides a unique opportunity to experience the invaluable conservation efforts that take place behind the scenes. “
With COVID restrictions in mind, only 5,000 timed tickets will be sold online each day. No tickets will be sold on site. Pre-booked time slots are required for guests and members.
Visitors, except those two years of age and under, will be required to wear masks.
Catering services will be open to customers for take-out meals only. Customers can also bring their own food.
Besides the Toronto Zoo, many other parks as well as public swimming pools around the city also opened this weekend, including Riverdale Farm and the High Park Zoo.
Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo are both open to the public and free.
Riverdale Farm will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the High Park Zoo will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To access any of the city’s 46 public swimming pools, residents will need to pre-book 45-minute recreation or lane swimming sessions on the city’s website. The capacity of the outdoor swimming pools is reduced to 25% to ensure that physical distancing is respected.
A certain number of places at each location of the swimming pool would be reserved for people with limited access to the Internet. The slots will be available on a first come, first served basis.