Efteling is planning its return for next Wednesday, May 19, while Sweden's Liseberg has announced a June 3 reopening.Two more theme parks have announced reopening dates.
Efteling has been closed since December due to the ongoing spread of Covid in The Netherlands - the park's third closure since the pandemic began. But Liseberg did not open for the 2020 season at all, remaining closed since December 30, 2019. The Swedish government decided today that theme parks may reopen starting June 1, clearing the way for the Gothenburg theme park's return.
"We are so incredibly happy to welcome our guests to the park again," Liseberg CEO Andreas Andersen said. "Today’s decision is a huge relief, and so very important for our employees, for our guests and for Gothenburg."
In The Netherlands, the government has given preliminary approval to move into the next step of its roadmap on May 19, which would allow Efteling to reopen. A final decision will be made on Monday.
When it returns, Efteling will debut the largest electric car charging station in the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherland, and Luxembourg). Efteling, in cooperation with Eneco, has added 60 charging points, bringing its total up to 87 - which can charge 174 cars simultaneously. All the charging points will use 100% renewable energy, from solar and wind power, according to the park.
The European Union is expected soon to approve travel into member states by people who have been vaccinated fully against Covid, which could allow Americans to resume travel to Europe this summer.
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Unfortunately all "inside rides" like Fata Morgana or Droomvlucht will stay closed. The Dutch government is really messing things up here. Above that we have the most covid patients in Europe and vaccin goes at a glacier pace (although it's starting to pick up a bit).