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Bloedel Conservatory to reopen next week

Last Updated Jul 6, 2020 at 12:57 pm PST

FILE - An echium pininana, commonly called a "snow tower" is seen in a recent handout photo at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Vancouver Park Board, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

The Bloedel Nature Conservatory will be open again July 13

New COVID-19 measures will be in place

The conservatory has been closed since March 16

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) —  People in Vancouver will soon have another option to commune with nature.

The Vancouver Park Board has announced a limited reopening of the Bloedel Nature Conservatory starting July 13.

Home to exotic birds and non-native plant and flowers, the conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park has been shut down since March 16 due to COVID-19.

There will be some changes to visiting the conservatory to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. There will be a path to follow around the building to support physical distancing and visitors are asked to keep two metres apart from other people.

Visitors will be required to book in advance for 45-minute time slots, and can buy tickets online.

The gift shop will stay closed.

The park board has already reopened some golf courses, tennis courts, skateparks, as well as the VanDusen Botanical Garden as part of a phased reopening in line with B.C.’s Restart Plan.

Next week, some pools around Vancouver will also be opening again.