LOOKING for somewhere to take your cheeky monkeys?

Drusillas Park zoo near Alfriston is reopening its doors on Friday– but visitors have been told not to touch the glass.

Zoos were given permission to reopen from June 15.

But the Sussex attraction has taken an extra two weeks to transform the park into a “Covid-secure” day out.

“We made the decision not to open with all the other zoos because we felt it was important to take our time and make sure we have got everything right,” said deputy managing director Cassie Poland.

A one-way system has been put in place around the zoo, with social distancing signs littered around paths.

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Events which cause crowds to gather have been cancelled and the park will operate at less than half of its usual capacity.

Rides and play areas in the park will remain closed until July 4.

But some attractions with indoor play facilities will stay shuttered after that date.

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Meanwhile the new dinosaur-themed Jurassic Jungle area will open for the first time on Friday.

Deputy director Ms Poland urged visitors to book tickets online as some may be turned away if the park reaches full capacity.

“We are operating a limited capacity so once we are full we will have to restrict entries,” she said.

“Please, if you are coming to visit us, book your tickets online first.”

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“We are all very excited to reopen but we really want to emphasise the importance of following the safety guidelines we have set out.

“They are there for everyone’s protection and if we all work together we can ensure a safe day out for all.

“Some of the changes you will see at the park include increased availability of hand sanitisers, enhanced cleaning regimes with a focus on touch points, floor signage to display social distancing requirements, queue management facilities, restricted visitor numbers, hygiene screens and the cancellation of any event that causes crowds to gather.

“We are really excited to be reopening, in all honesty Friday can’t come quick enough.

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“The health and safety of both our staff and visitors is absolutely paramount and we weren’t willing to compromise on that for the sake of an early open.”

The zoo’s Oasis Cafe will serve takeaway food and drink.

But only one shop will be open in the park, with restrictions on how many will be allowed inside.

“We are thrilled to be reopening. Friday is going to be a very happy day for us all,” said Ms Poland.