New Delhi: As the national capital continues to witness a significant drop in daily coronavirus cases,  the National Zoological Park in Delhi (zoo) is all set to open for visitors from August 1 adhering to pandemic guidelines. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will be allowed in two shifts – 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. An hour’s gap has been kept for sanitization purposes.Also Read - Delhi To Breathe Clean Air Soon: Kejriwal To Launch 15-Point Action Plan To Fight Air Pollution On Sept 30

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Entry to visitors will be granted strictly through online booking, Delhi Zoo Director Ramesh Pandey stated, adding that the visitors will have to strictly abide by the Centre’s COVID-19 safety protocols. Visitors can book their tickets online from August 1.  Earlier this year, the ticket price has been increased from Rs 40 to Rs 80. Besides, QR code has been installed for easier transactions. Also Read - Delhi-NCR Rains: Waterlogging Reported at Several Places, Rains to Continue Till Sept 25 | Highlights

After a year of the shutdown due to COVID-19, the National Zoological Park in Delhi was earlier opened for visitors in April. Disinfectants like Virkon, Sodium Hypochlorite, Lime Powder were used to keep the zoo atmosphere safe, especially for the raptors.  CCTV cameras in large numbers were also installed on the premises for proper vigilance.

The Delhi Zoo administration had stated that a total of 1,645 people had visited the Zoological Park  on the first day of its reopening.

However, due to the deadly second wave of the pandemic, the Delhi zoo was again closed in mid-April and May. Currently, there are 88 species in the zoo.