Maryland Zoo in Baltimore President Donald P. Hutchinson stood at the zoo’s entrance with his wife, Peggy, and assessed the situation.
“People talk with their feet,” he said. “This is one of the best walks in town. If you walk the zoo entirely, it’s three miles. Fresh air is a great antidote.”
Hutchinson said the zoo was closed Friday as he and his staff assessed the situation. The restrooms and the food concession areas were deep cleaned and hand sanitizers placed on counter tops.
Zoo volunteers greeted visitors and offered hand-cleaning tissues.
Baltimore area businesses and other venues show the effects of public reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are an open air venue on 150 acres of land,” he said.
“I met with the staff and we decided we’d be open. Today we’ll take a measure of how it’s going. But as soon as I got here and saw the parking lot, I could tell it’s going to be a good day. But I’m going to be flexible about the situation."
Hutchinson said Saturday’s attendance was made up of virtually all families traveling with children.
“There are people who go about naturally as a unit. There is no overcrowding here today, and there is plenty of room to spread out,” he said. “Also, the people look as if they are happy to get out of the house.”
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