Oakland Zoo reopens this week with new COVID-19 changes following lifting of statewide stay-at-home order

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Oakland Zoo has some early signs of what is sure to be eager, opening crowds when it reopens Wednesday.

After California's statewide stay-at-home order was recently lifted, the Oakland Zoo announced it would be requiring tickets to be reserved through its online reservation system.

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But due to months of long-awaited build-up for Bay Area families, the zoo's website has temporarily taken down its ticketing system, blaming a "tremendous response to our reopening" as the reason for technical difficulties with the interface. The Oakland zoo says the webstore will reopen for reservations, Tuesday at noon.

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The Oakland Zoo said all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are being followed upon reopening on Wednesday, with limited capacity, and face masks required on the zoo grounds at all times.

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The popular, "Glowfari," the nighttime lantern light festival at the Oakland Zoo, resumes on Friday, Feb. 5. It has been extended through mid-March, with online reservations required.

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