Shaun Foggett, Crocodiles of the World

Good news for English Aquariums and Indoor Zoos

Posted: 23rd June, 2020

BIAZA is pleased that the UK Government has today announced plans to allow aquariums and indoor zoos in England to reopen as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions, in conversations with media outlets. According to these reports, along with other attractions (such as galleries and museums) aquariums will be able to open from July 4th. This will be welcome news for our English members who have had to remain shut. 

BIAZA is also pleased the Government has announced some flexibility to social distancing which might allow our members to welcome and inspire more visitors.  

This news comes after many months of lobbying UK Government to support our zoos and aquariums, and the day before a meeting of MPs and Peers at the APPG for Zoos and Aquariums. 

We hope that this easing of restrictions will also allow opening of some additional inside areas of zoo sites, and also play areas, as long as social distancing, cleaning and hygiene measures can be adequately addressed. BIAZA is in touch with Government officials and politicians to seek further clarity and detail and will share that as soon as possible. We would remind all our English members that it is critical to continue to maintain the current requirements, until July 4th e.g. closure of play areas. 

We will also be continuing to push the case for long term financial support with UK Government on behalf of the sector, and we hope to be able to share more news on this soon. 

In Ireland and the devolved nations, we are continuing to push for Government support in terms of both reopening and funding. We have recently had meetings with officials from across various Governments and expanded our Public Affairs Working Group to make stronger progress across the nations.