Statement re Chester Zoo announcement
10 June 2020Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Louise Gittins, said: “I'm delighted with the announcement that Government has reversed its decision, and allowed Chester Zoo to re-open safely.
"It is right that this new legislation, which did not take in to account Chester Zoo’s carefully thought out measures to keep people safe, is now to be reassessed. This is testament to the global response from the Zoo’s supporters locally and across the world, who know what a precious asset Chester Zoo is, and the contribution it makes to fighting extinction. Last night’s decision really shows what an impact we as a community can have when our voices are heard.
"Officers from our Environmental Health team visited the zoo and carefully scrutinised its plans for re-opening. We will now work with the Zoo to continue to support the safety of its visitors, and help them to have a great day out. A visit to the Zoo is a wonderful reward for the commitment that people have shown in respecting public health advice so far."