National Zoo to reopen on Nov 1...

Dhaka, Thursday   29 October 2020

National Zoo to reopen on Nov 1

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:47 PM, 15 October 2020  

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The government has decided to open the Bangladesh National Zoo in Mirpur for visitors from November 1.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has recently given permission to the Department of Livestock to open the zoo subject to ensuring compliance with certain conditions.

Among the things that the zoo authorities will have to ensure are-

1. In order to maintain social distance when entering the zoo, round places should be marked with indelible colors.
2. Disinfection tunnels and footbaths should be installed at the entrance.
3. Arrangements should be made to check the body temperature of the visitor with the help of thermal scanner at the entrance. 
4. Basin and soap should be provided for hand washing in important places inside the zoo.
5. Hand sanitizers should be provided for visitors.
6. The number of visitors should be limited to a maximum of 2,000 daily.
7. Disinfectants should be sprayed around important animal enclosures every day.
8. The inspection time should be fixed from 9 am to 3 pm.
9. Awareness campaign on Covid-19 should be run through digital display.
10. People over the age of 60 should be barred from entering the zoo.

The mandatory rules for visitors
1. To enter the zoo, you have to stay in a circular place marked with indelible colors.
2. Use disinfectant tunnels and footbaths installed at the entrance gates. 
3. Once inside the zoo, follow the directions and use the one-way street.
4. Mandatory use of face mask. 
5. Can't enter the zoo with food and  
6. No one can crowd or gather in one place inside the zoo.

In this regard, Fisheries and Livestock Minister S M Rezaul Karim said, “As there is no significant alternative for the entertainment of the people of Dhaka city, it has been decided to open a zoo in compliance with the hygienic rules by emphasizing the importance of their entertainment and physical and mental well-being. At the same time, the food, regular care and health care of the animals in the zoo and the loss of revenue of the government have also been taken into consideration.”

S M Rezaul Karim urged the visitors to follow the hygiene rules and maintain physical distance with utmost caution while entering and staying at the zoo.

It is to be mentioned that the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock announced the closure of the National Zoo on March 20 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.