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Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at the Como Zoo is reopening on Monday

Face coverings and advanced (free) reservations are required.
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The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is reopening Monday, but the Como Zoo won't open until a later date, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory said in a news release Friday. 

The conservatory, which has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen at a limited capacity beginning June 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Up to 250 visitors at a time will be able to enjoy the conservatory via a one-way walking path that begins at the Japanese Garden gate, north of the conservatory's main entrance. 

Reservations in advance, for up to four people, are required – and infants and kids need to be included on the reservation. You can make your free reservation here.

All staff and visitors are required to wear face masks while on the grounds of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, per the city's executive order. 

Despite the conservatory reopening, people won't be able to see the zoo's animals just yet. The zoo's website says it's waiting for the dial to turn in Minnesota's stay-safe plan to a phase that allows the zoo to reopen with a capacity limit that is "fiscally responsible." 

Phase III of the plan, which allowed gatherings of up to 250 people in some venues, went into effect on June 10, but there's no date for when Phase IV, which will likely allow for larger gatherings at indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, will go into effect.

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