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Safe & Healthy

What We're Doing

to keep everyone safe.

We’re following all Washington state guidelines for the appropriate Safe Start phase to guard against Covid-19 (coronavirus).

  • Following all Washington state guidelines
  • Limiting daily attendance with timed tickets
  • Closing some indoor and high-touch areas
  • One-way foot traffic around the Zoo and aquariums
  • All staff members and guests 5 and over wear face coverings – see below
  • Increasing sanitation procedures
  • Hand sanitizing stations around the Zoo, with reminders
  • Visual guides and reminders to social distancing
  • No-touch front gate and restroom entry
  • Glass windows and no cash transactions

Face Coverings Required
Because we care about the safety of our guests, staff and animals, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium requires all guests to wear face coverings while visiting.

Exception for Children Under 5

  • Children under 5 are not required to wear face coverings.
  • Children ages 2, 3, and 4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings.
  • Children under 2 should not wear face coverings.

If guests don’t have a face covering when they arrive, a face mask will be provided to them.  All staff members and volunteers are also required to wear face masks while working.

Why are face coverings important?

Wearing face covering can prevent the spread of Covid-19-19 to others. When you wear a face covering, you help protect your loved ones and others around you, even if you don’t think you have Covid-19. Face coverings can reduce the release of virus particles into the air when someone with Covid-19 speaks, coughs or sneezes.

What constitutes a face covering?

Under the Governor’s order, a cloth face covering is anything that completely covers your nose and mouth. It can be a scarf, bandanna or sewn mask with ties and straps that go around your head and behind your ears. It can be made from a variety of materials, like cotton, fleece or linen and can be either factory-made or made from household items. Disposable masks are acceptable face coverings.

Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for face coverings. A face shield does not fit snugly around the wearer’s nose and mouth, and does not stop the virus from getting into the air and potentially infecting others.

Tuesdays 3-4 pm are reserved for people with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.