“There will be room for everyone in June,” says the director, who nevertheless encourages visitors to book before coming.
The Beauval ZooParc in Loir-et-Cher will be able to reopen to the public on June 2, reports France Bleu Orléans on Monday May 25. The park had been closed since mid-March due to an epidemic of coronavirus.
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“We have the oral agreement of the prefecture of Loir-et-Cher with whom I am in daily contact”, explained to France Bleu the director of the Parc Rodolphe Delord, who “exchange regularly with Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne”, Secretary of State for Tourism. The director of the largest tourist site in the Center-Val de Loire region says he is “very happy and relieved”.
From June 2, and throughout the month of June, the Beauval ZooParc will open its doors to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Wearing a mask will be compulsory for visitors “in tropical greenhouses, for shows and our indoor buildings”, specifies Rodolphe Delord. Park employees will all have a mask. A route with signposting on the ground will be marked to respect distances, and 90 hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be set up.
The ZooParc invites the public to favor reservations before arriving on the site. “We miss the long weekends of Ascension and Pentecost which are traditionally the most visited by visitors”, explains Rodolphe Delord, “It allows us to take no risk and restart the season with June and July which are not our biggest months”.
The director of the Beauval ZooParc says “count on half of the maximum attendance, during the months of June and July, or 15,000 visitors maximum per day, which is very manageable”. “There will be room for everyone in June”, says Rodolphe Delord.
During the confinement, 210 Beauval employees remained working, in order to maintain the park and take care of the animals, but 575 employees were partially unemployed. The park, located in Saint-Aignan, has lost millions of euros since the start of the coronavirus health crisis, and has seen its turnover drop by 40% since mid-March.