Perth Zoo is committed to the health and safety of our staff and visitors.
The Zoo is an open air environment, covering 19 hectares, with lots of space, fresh air and few enclosed environments.
The recently announced restrictions on large gatherings referred to static gatherings i.e. concerts and events, rather than to landscape parks such as the Zoo, where people do not tend to congregate in high numbers outside major events.
It would be highly unusual to have hundreds of people in one area at the Zoo on an ordinary day of operations. Our site is one that visitors disperse throughout to explore and discover the wonders of wildlife.
The WA Department of Health advises the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by practising good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough etiquette.
- frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand gel
- refraining from touching mouth and nose
- if coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow – dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
- avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
What is Perth Zoo doing in response?
The safety of our visitors and staff is of our upmost priority.
In response to COVID-19 we’ve:
- Increased the number of cleaning staff
- Increased cleaning in high traffic areas
- Increased cleaning schedule of public restrooms
- Increased cleaning of high touch surfaces including the wiping down of the children’s rides handrails, door knobs and bin lids
- Ceased behind the scenes animal encounters
As the situation evolves, we will continue to evaluate and make operational changes as needed.
More information can be found on: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/coronavirus-covid-19