Vancouver's Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park to reopen on July 13

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      An indoor tropical garden in Vancouver will finally reopen after several months of closure due to the pandemic.

      The Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park has remained closed to the public since March 16 as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

      The Vancouver Park Board announced on July 6 that it will reopen the Bloedel Conservatory on Monday (July 13).

      New health measures, including physical distancing, will be in place.

      Visitors will need to reserve a 45-minute designated time slot before arrival (in order to limit attendance levels), will need to bring their ticket to be scanned in, and members will need to bring their membership card. Visits can be booked online at the City of Vancouver website.

      All visitors will be required to maintain two-metres distance from others and to follow the one-way paths.

      The gift shop will remain closed while washrooms will remain open and will be sanitized throughout the day.

      The Bloedel Conservatory was opened in 1969 and features over 500 plants and flowers as well as over 100 free-flying birds in its temperature-controlled environment.

      This opening is the latest in a series of reopenings by the park board.

      VanDusen Botanical Garden reopened on May 1, along with or followed by golf courses and pitch and putttennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds, parking lots, swimming pools, and more.

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