'It's lovely seeing people back'- Smiles as zoo reopens for families
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A Norfolk family attraction is hailing a successful weekend as it fully reopened for the first time after lockdown measures eased.
Banham Zoo had dedicated its first five days to members only from April 12, but the doors were open to everyone from Saturday with pre-booking essential due to limited capacity as a Covid precaution.
Reflecting on the two days since fully reopening, a spokesman for Banham Zoo said: "It has been a really busy weekend. The guests and visitors are delighted to return to the park."
Claudia Roberts, managing director, added: "It's just really lovely seeing everyone back and the zoo full again.
"Everyone has been really safe and it's been calm. I think people are just grateful to be out in their family groups again just enjoying some space."
The number of people allowed into the zoo has been restricted with a barcode entry system being used to speed up the process of getting inside the attraction.
One-way systems are in operation for those visiting while hand sanitiser stations are located in up to 35 locations across the zoo.
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Mrs Roberts added: "If you want to book, then you must book online and don't worry about your safety, we are restricting the numbers.
"And all the feedback we have had so far is really, really positive. Every time somebody comes here, we are keeping our animals alive so we are really grateful for the support."
She continued: "Our main plans are just keeping our numbers low as it were, making it really safe for everyone, and then we can slowly look at rebuilding round the zoo and looking at some interesting activities for over the summer period."
This time last year, both Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! in Suffolk had to undergo a substantial restructure and the necessary cost saving measures to ensure their survival.
Both zoos were left in a precarious situation after the Zoological Society of East Anglia, the conservation and education charity which leads both attractions, was hit by the national lockdown.
But with families returning in the sunshine this weekend, the situation looks much more optimistic.