The Six Flags theme parks will remain closed until mid-May, "or as soon as possible thereafter," the company announced today.
Six Flags originally has committed to closing its parks through the end of this month, as the world tries to slow the spread of the Covid-19 disease. But as it has become apparent that a two-week shutdown won't be enough, parks have announced an extension of their temporary closures.
Last week, the Cedar Fair parks announced that they would close until mid-May, while Disney has announced that its parks will be closed until further notice. Universal has committed only to a closure through the middle of April, however.
Six Flags said in its announcement that it "will continue to closely monitor the evolving global health crisis and follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials as it assesses when it can reopen some or all of its parks."
Six Flags also announced 25 percent pay cuts for its executives and other full-time employees.
"While these actions are difficult for all of us, they will help the company weather the current crisis by reducing expenses," Six Flags President and CEO Mike Spanos said. "We decided to decrease salaries rather than implement a workforce reduction to ensure our team members have income and health benefits so that Six Flags has an experienced workforce in place when we are in a position to re-open our parks. Our hope is that these measures are only temporary and will help bridge the financial gap the company is facing, in the fairest manner possible, until we can return to normal operations."
In a social media post, Six Flags said that season passes would be extended by the number of operating days that the park is closed, while members will receive an additional month of membership for each month the park is closed as well as a free one-level Membership upgrade for the remainder of 2020.Tweet
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