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Zoos and museums reopening as COVID restrictions loosen

Updated statewide restrictions go into effect Monday.

It's not just bars and restaurants getting a break when COVID-19 measures start easing up soon. 

On Monday — when the relaxed restrictions come into effect — St. Paul's Como Park Zoo will be reopening with limited capacity:

A couple things to know, though. You'll have to make a reservation if you want to go, and, of course, masks will be required for the entire visit. 

You can make reservations by clicking right here. Doors open at 10 a.m.

And Como may not be the only zoo reopening next week. According to FOX 9, the Minnesota Zoo will also be allowing guests on its indoor and outdoor trails again (with limited capacity and reservations as well).

The station says the Apple Valley zoo will open on Thursday, Jan. 14.

However, its "Nature Illuminated" drive-through experience is still underway through Jan. 17. 

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul has announced it'll be opening next week too:

Like the zoos, advance reservations will be required, and limited capacity will be in effect. 

This comes after Gov. Tim Walz (D) announced that he's easing some coronavirus measures — allowing bars and restaurants to start offering indoor service again, with some limits

The reopenings will also affect gyms, public events, youth sports, places of worship and, of course, zoos. (You can read more about what will and won't be allowed right here.)

He has, however, warned that the reopenings could be rescinded if COVID-19 cases rage out of control again. 

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