Buffalo Zoo visitors need to wear a mask inside buildings, exhibits regardless of vaccination status

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Visitors at the Buffalo Zoo have to once again mask up, at least indoors. This mandate went into effect Monday and is for everyone three and up, regardless of vaccination status.

“We here at the zoo have been watching the numbers rise with the Delta Variant and there’s a lot of things we consider at the zoo,” Buffalo Zoom communications manager Christian Dobosiewicz said. “We have to think about our guests, our staff and our animals and we just felt that implementing the mask mandate indoors and in the indoor exhibits was the best course of action.”

The Zoo says the mask policy extends to all of its indoor buildings and exhibits. You’ll need to mask up regardless of vaccination status. Those under the age of three do not need to wear a face covering.

“I think that’s the policy of the zoo and you follow the policy of the zoo or whatever organization you’re inhibiting their locations and spaces,” said visitor Ellen Battista.

“I think, like with everything, there’s people not supportive of it, there’s people that are. We understand that there’s gonna be some division with this,” We think it’s the best course of action to make sure that everybody stays safe

In a similar move, all employees and visitors inside Buffalo City Hall will be required to wear a mask beginning Monday. The city says it’s a move in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance as Erie County moves into the “substantial risk of transmission” category.

Visitors and employees in any Erie County-owned buildings will also need to wear a mask. That rule went into effect on July 31.

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