Ueno Zoo Reopens after 4-Month COVID-19 Closure

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Tokyo, June 23 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo's Ueno Zoo reopened to the general public on Tuesday after a closure of nearly four months due to the coronavirus crisis, but by reservation only to reduce infection risks.

Visitors have to make entry registrations in advance as the zoo limits its capacity to avoid creating closed, crowded and close-contact settings, which raise the risks of contracting COVID-19.

The animal park in Taito Ward also asks visitors to wear face masks and keep social distance as measures to prevent infections.

About 100 people including those with children formed a line in front of the entrance before the zoo opened at 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT). Some visitors wore T-shirts with illustrations of pandas.

Screams of joy filled the air when the first group of visitors entered a building for giant pandas. Some waved to the bears as they walked in front of them.

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