If you’re planning on visiting the Toronto Zoo, you now need to be fully vaccinated.
The zoo announced Wednesday that all eligible guests, members, business partners and contractors 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated starting October 25.
“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 the evidence that vaccination protects people from serious illness and the spread of COVID-19,” said Toronto Zoo CEO Dolph Djong.
“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 says staff and security personnel will check evidence of vaccinations at the front gates.
The province of Ontario is expected to launch its advanced digital vaccine receipt on October 22, although the zoo says it will still accept paper or PDF receipts with a valid form of ID.