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Coronavirus Daily: Banham Zoo to reopen as PM expected to announce more easing of lockdown measures

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is today expected to add zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas to the list of places that can reopen from Monday.

Outdoor attractions will be allowed to open their doors again, as well as non-essential shops, so long as they follow the social distancing rules.

Claudia Roberts, the commercial managing director for the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), said: "We are delighted to finally have clarity on when we can reopen Banham Zoo and Africa Alive.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"It doesn’t however mean that we can reopen on June 15 because we need to do this safely and do a deep clean of both zoos first.

"We will plan to open on or around July 1 and we will confirm the exact date as soon as possible."

The ZSEA has said it has lost around £1.5 million in visitor revenue since it temporarily closed at the end of March.

The ZSEA has lost £1.5 million in visitor revenue since the end of March.
The ZSEA has lost £1.5 million in visitor revenue since the end of March.

Yesterday's figures from Public Health England showed Norfolk had two new daily positive cases over the last reported 24-hours, keeping its total so far at 2,212, with Suffolk one reporting one new cases, with a total of 1,542.

The UK's daily confirmed cases went up from 1,205 to 1,387, with the overall count of cases in the UK now at 289,140.

There were 286 daily deaths reported in this period.

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