Passes sold out overnight as Delhi zoo welcomes back visitors on first day

File Photo. Courtesy: Virendra Singh Gosain for Getty Images.

Earlier, the zoo had reopened for visitors on August 1, more than two months after it was shut due to a rise in the number of Covid cases during the second wave of the pandemic.

The zoo was closed for the public on January 4 and the online ticket booking link on its website was disabled. An official said the link was reactivated last night and all 4,000 tickets were sold by 8:30 am when the zoo reopened. “The ticket counters outside the zoo have already been closed. So, people are requested to book tickets online only two to three days in advance to avoid any inconvenience,” he added.

Only 4,000 visitors are allowed in the zoo in a day in two slots — 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The administration has directed all section supervisors to ensure strict compliance to Covid behaviour as the zoo reopens.

The Delhi zoo reopened for visitors on Tuesday after remaining closed for around two months in view of a spike in coronavirus cases in the capital according to officials. They had closed entry for visitors in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic started ravaging the country and then again in January last year amid bird flu scare.

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