LONDON Zoo has re-opened to the public today, despite the city remaining in Tier 4 lockdown.

The attraction said that they are able to welcome guests back again by following strict social distancing guidelines.

Due to being in the strictest lockdown, London restaurants, pubs and hotels have been forced to close – with guidelines also saying zoos must close.

The government guidelines state: "The businesses required to close include […] zoos and other animal attractions."

London Zoo said in statement, however: "We’re now able to reopen on Thursday 31 December under Tier 4 guidance, so that you can safely visit for some fresh air, exercise and relaxation in the company of our outdoor animals."

They told concerned social media users: "We have been told we can reopen by the government."

A government spokesperson told the Mail Online that "outdoor areas of some visitor attractions can remain open, including zoos" as long as they followed strict rules, meaning Chessington and Marwell Zoo have also been able to open.

Most of the indoor attractions at London Zoo are closed, while the outdoor attractions will remain open.

A one-way system is in place at the zoo, with three different routes on offer for guests but you can walk them as often as you like as long as you remain in the park.

While there are no time restrictions, they recommend no more than four hours at the zoo.

Masks are optional for outdoor exhibits, but they must be worn indoors such as the gift shop.

Families can bring their own food and drink in with a picnic area open, or there is a take-away food and drink option from the Terrace Cafe, as well as food vans around the park.

Ticket prices have been reduced, due to the reduced attractions, and cost £25.45 for adults and £16.54 for kids.

Families must pre-book as there will be limited capacity at the attraction, with up to six tickets per booking.

London Zoo reopened earlier this month when London was in Tier 2, but was forced to close again.

Earlier this month, four lions were struck down with coronavirus at Barcelona Zoo.

A EuroMillions winner who won £45m recently treated his mother-in-law – by buying her a zoo for £600,000.

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