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Chester Zoo reveals pandemic has left it with £11.5million black hole


direct to your inboxThe coronavirus pandemic has left Chester Zoo facing a £11.5million black hole, bosses have revealed.The popular attraction has been hard hit by restrictions over the past year and remains closed during the current lockdown.Chief operating officer Jamie Chiston welcomed the Prime Minister's 'roadmap' for easing measures which would see outdoor settings such as zoos open on April 12.However, Mr Christon said Chester Zoo has had no financial help from the government and the lockdown has had a devastating effect on finances. "There is no denying that the several months of closure have had a huge impact on our charity zoo," he told CheshireLive."Visitor ticket sales make up 97 per cent of our income and so we’re relieved to.

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