By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS)– ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo will stay open through the holidays.

As COIVD-19 cases surge, Gov. JB Pritzker announced new statewide restrictions will go into effect on Friday; including tighter limits for retailers, and requiring museums, theaters and casinos to close.

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“Since the zoo functions as an outdoor venue, Lincoln Park Zoo plans to remain open through the holidays,” a Lincoln Park Zoo spokesperson said in a written statement.

Guests have to wear masks and social distancing measures are in place when visiting the light show.

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The zoo, however, will close to the public from January 4 to March 4. Due to state guidelines, the zoo cannot open its buildings, causing a safety risk in Chicago’s coldest months.

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