Following limitations on the number of people who can gather at events, the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Department and Topeka Zoo announced restrictions of their own.
Gianfranco Pezzino, Shawnee County health officer, announced in a Nov. 12 press conference the large event limit dropped from 500 people to 100 people with mass gatherings capped at 10 people. Pezzino said private events and weddings are limited by these restrictions as well.
“Those private parties sometimes act as superspreaders,” Pezzino said at the press conference.
The zoo will require masks when on zoo grounds, even when outside, unless you are eating or drinking, according to a Friday press release. It also requires pre-ordering tickets to attend the Zoo Lights event, and recommends zoo patrons pre-order tickets online for daily admission. Those mandates go in effect Saturday.
“Over the last six months we have seen how important it is to our community