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Clyde Peeling's Reptiland reopening on Friday

After being closed to the public for nearly three months, the zoo will reopen this week.

The animals at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland are used to seeing a lot of people every day, but since the zoo near Allenwood has been closed for the past three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the only people they've seen are employees.

"We can't just simply put a lock on the door, turn the lights out and leave. We have about 800 total animals - reptiles, amphibians, some birds - and they have to be fed, they have to be cleaned," Clyde Peeling said.

Clyde Peeling's Reptiland will reopen to the public this Friday with new safety precautions in place. All customers will be required to wear a mask.

Peeling says reptiles do not carry coronavirus, but he wants to keep everyone safe. Employees installed sneeze guards at the admissions desk. Live shows will be given at 50 percent capacity to allow for proper social distancing. High-touch areas will be cleaned frequently, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the zoo.

"We want people to disinfect their hands before they have the opportunity to touch an animal and after they've touched it. That way, they're not getting something off the animal that somebody left from their hand."

Starting Friday, Clyde Peeling's Reptiland will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

It's been a looooooooong shutdown . . . 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗲'𝗿𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘇𝗼𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟱! 😃 While we can't wait to see all of you, we also want to make sure everyone stays...