INDIANAPOLIS — Kings Island and Cedar Point are ready to open for the summer, and there will be some new safety and hygiene measures in place.
Cincinnati's Kings Island will reopen to season passholders from July 2-11 before daily ticketholders can visit beginning July 12. The park has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are ready to welcome our guests back to Kings Island for some long-overdue fun,” Kings Island General Manager Mike Koontz said in a news release. “The park’s new health and safety protocols align with CDC recommendations, and have been shaped by information from company and industry health and safety experts, along with our state and local government officials."
According to its website, new safety protocols at Kings Island include:
- A new online reservation system; each guest is required to have a reservation prior to their visit to enable capacity management;
- A requirement to complete a pre-visit health screening declaration 24 hours prior to admission;
- A touchless temperature screening prior to entering the facility for both guests and associates;
- Requirements for all guests, associates and vendors to wear masks as directed by the protocols;
- 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 will send emails to season passholders and allow them to begin making online reservations. The opening date for Soak City has yet to be determined.
The park's website said 2020 passes have been extended through 2021.
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio will open on July 9 and 10 to season, gold and platinum passholders. Cedar Point Resorts guests and people with pre-purchased tickets can return to the park on July 11.
Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers and Lighthouse Point RV sites will be open June 12-27 prior to the amusement park's opening.
“We’ve implemented new safety protocols throughout the property that align with the recommendations of health and safety experts. With that guidance, we’re ready and excited to welcome our guests and associates back to Cedar Point,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.
Like Kings Island, Cedar Point will have new safety procedures in place.
Guests will be required to make a reservation online or through the Cedar Point app.
Other precautions include:
- Health screening: All guests must complete a health screening declaration within the Cedar Point mobile app 24 hours prior to entering the park.
- Temperature screening: Guests and park staff will undergo a touchless temperature screening prior to entering the park.
- Face coverings: Guests and park staff will be required to wear a mask at all times.
- Social distancing: Markers and signage will be placed throughout the park to assist with social distancing of at least six feet.
According to Cedar Point's website, additional safety protocols will include touchless transactions, limited contact between guests and park staff, enhanced cleaning procedures in high-touch areas, dining locations, hotel rooms and restooms, capacity management throughout the park and additional hand sanitization stations.