reopening order that the governor issued this afternoon did not include theme or amusement parks, though it did include movie theaters, zoos, and indoor family entertainment centers.Cedar Fair amusement parks Cedar Point and Kings Island have been awaiting approval from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to reopen, and many had been hopeful that approval would come today. But the
Later that afternoon, Kings Island filed suit against the director of the Ohio Department of Health, asking the court to clear the way for amusement and water parks to reopen in the state.
Officials from parent company Cedar Fair had been working with state lawmakers on legislation that would allow the state's theme parks to reopen. Cedar Point posted a statement from CEO Richard Zimmerman on its website today:
Cedar Fair fully supports the amendment to HB 665 that was adopted today in the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. The amendment provides for the immediate re-opening of Ohio amusement parks and water parks.
We fully anticipate and expect having the same opportunity granted to other businesses in Ohio to operate our business in a safe and manageable environment.
As professional amusement park operators with an exemplary safety record, we are experts at managing risks and following protocols. The protocols we have developed to reopen our parks are in accordance with governmental and CDC directives, Erie County and Warren County Health Departments, medical professionals, Ohio’s Development Services Agency (DSA) and industry best practices. They are specifically responsive to the COVID-19 crisis.
Earlier in the day, Cedar Point announced that its Hotel Breakers will begin welcoming guests again starting June 12.
Cedar Point is offering a "Sun & Fun" package to entice guests to book Hotel Breakers even if the park is not open. The park was to celebrate its 150th anniversary this summer, so it's not unprecedented to have people coming to Cedar Point for something other than thrill rides. After all, generations of visitors were visiting long before Cedar Point opened its first roller coaster. The package is available through June 28.
Update: Cedar Point has joined the lawsuit. Here is the amended filing.Tweet
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