MASON — A reopening date has officially been set for Ohio’s largest amusement parks, Kings Island and Cedar Point, just days after the parks joined a lawsuit claiming Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton’s order preventing their opening overreached the authority of her position.
Beginning July 2 through July 11, Kings Island season pass holders will brace the rides and thrill-seeking adventures the Mason, Ohio based amusement park offers. Beginning Sunday, July 12, Kings Island will open to daily ticketholders and will continue to admit season pass holders.
“We are ready to welcome our guests back to Kings Island for some long-overdue fun,” said Mike Koontz, general manager of Kings Island. “The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority. The park’s new health and safety protocols align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, and have been shaped by information from company and industry health and safety experts, along with our state and local government officials.”
Cedar Point located in Sandusky, Ohio, will begin allowing season, gold, and platinum pass holders entry into the park July 9. As of their reopening announcement Tuesday, Cedar Point has not yet given a reopening date for purchasers of single-day tickets.
While each theme park will require both guests and employees to wear masks upon entry of their facilities, Kings Island announced additionals steps it would be taking to ensure guest and employee safety while Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines remain in effect.
From the release, “New protocols to create a safe and clean environment include:
- A new online reservation system; each guest is required to have a reservation before their visit to enable capacity management;
- A requirement to complete a pre-visit health screening declaration 24 hours before admission;
- A touchless temperature screening before entering the facility for both guests and associates;
- Social distancing markers throughout the park, including ride queue lines;
- Limited guest/associate contact;
- Enhanced cleaning procedures, including additional deep cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, dining facilities and other busy areas;
- Additional hand sanitization stations; and
- Capacity management throughout the park.
Kings Island also noted that they are in search of employees to work throughout the rest of the park’s season and that interested candidates may apply online by visiting www.visitkingsisland.com/jobs.