Toronto Zoo announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for visitors

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Don’t plan on visiting the Toronto Zoo if you haven’t had the double vaccine.

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On Wednesday, the zoo announced it was implementing a mandatory vaccination requirement.

this new Policy, which applies to eligible “guests, members, business partners, contractors and all other visitors aged 12+,” effective Monday, October 25.

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Proof of vaccination will be checked at the front entrance of the zoo.

In a news release on October 13, the Toronto Zoo said they are “continuously reviewing operations and developing procedures to ensure everyone’s safety during the pandemic.”

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This latest move is part of that effort, CEO Dolph Djong said in the release.

“Our decision to implement this policy is based on a number of factors, including our responsibility to ensure the safety and security of our employees, our guests and our animals. As a science-based institution, we fully support that That vaccination protects individuals from serious illness and the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

“It is also important to understand that some of our animals are susceptible to the COVID-19 disease, including gorillas, orangutans, tigers and lions. We will use every tool at our disposal to protect our animals and especially endangered species from developing disease caused by COVID-19. “

The zoo said that while there are many outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy, people will go indoors more often as the weather gets cooler, which makes this “mandatory vaccination policy even more important at this time of year.” “

A mandatory vaccination policy is already in place at the Toronto Zoo for staff and volunteers.

Non-vaccinated members can receive a pro-rated refund. Anyone with questions should email [email protected]

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