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Bristol Aquarium reopens to the public

By lowie trevena, Monday Jul 6, 2020

After closing its doors for more than 100 days, Bristol Aquarium has reopened to the public.

Staff welcomed guests for the first time since March over the weekend of July 4 and 5.

“We are delighted with how well the weekend went, we were all naturally apprehensive about reopening but the smiling faces of visitors has made all our hard work worthwhile,” says Fenia Vitali, Bristol Aquarium’s general manager.

“I actually felt quite emotional when we welcomed the first few visitors, it’s been a bumpy road to get here but we’re thrilled to be open once again!”

Staff will be wearing PPE and enhanced cleaning measures are in place. There are regular hand sanitising stations, a one-way system and reduced visitor capacity.

“The fish have missed having people to watch, the most inquisitive fish of the aquarium are our three Atlantic Wreckfish and Sheila the Giant Grouper,” says curator Mark Uwachiw. “We haven’t been able to do anything without them swimming straight over to the glass to watch!

“Undoubtedly, they’ll be enjoying having visitors to watch once again.”

Sheila the Giant Grouper, a very inquisitive fish, with aquarist Stacey. Photo: Bristol Aquarium

Currently, visitors don’t need to prebook, but tickets can be purchased in advance online. Bristol Aquarium is open to the public from 10am until 5pm, with last entry at 4pm, and is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Main photo: Bristol Aquarium

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