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Zoos and Safari parks confused about opening message

First, they could open, now they cannot.

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By Bente D. Knudsen

Yesterday confusion was created when after announcing that they could reopen and would do so this weekend, or on 1 May, Danish politicians appealed that they should remain closed, saying it would be inappropriate for them to open.

The zoos and parks had been told by the Danish Police that they could reopen but now it appears that they cannot.

“ We are getting very mixed messages and being sent from one ministry to another, no one seems to be able to give us a precise answer as to what we have to do to be able to open,” the director of Givskud Zoo said to DR1.

Due to the mixed messages they have decided to remain closed (they had announced they were opening on 1 May) until they can get a clear answer from the public authorities and politicians.

Staying closed for more than a month looking forward will have a huge financial impact as the spring and summer months are high season for zoos and safari parks.

At Givskud Zoo they have huge outdoor facilities which can easily be visited while respecting the measures of distancing the director pointed out.

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Which zoos and safari parks will be able to open, and when, is as at 23 April still unclear but Copenhagen Zoo, Odense Zoo and Givskud Zoo have announced that they are not opening on 1 May until they get confirmation that they can do so.

You can read more about all the Danish safari parks in our article here.

When they will open is not clear and readers will need to check directly with the parks’ when they do.

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