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Cedar Point, Kings Island and other seasonal theme parks set new COVID-19 guidelines

by Brittani Tuttle

Cedar Point, Kings Island, and other Cedar Fair parks have released their updated COVID-19 protocols as they gear up for reopening.

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Many of the Cedar Fair parks preparing to reopen will not require temperature checks ahead of entry, or the wearing of masks in outdoor areas unless maintaining six feet of physical distancing isn’t possible.

You can check out the full breakdown for each park below:

California’s Great America – opening May 22

  • California’s Great America’ will reopen with limited capacity, so guests will need to plan their visit in advance, as well as provide information about the current health of their party.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and older at all times, except for when dining at a table or bench.
    • Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth and not have exhalation vales or vents.
  • Temperature checks are still required and will take place after parking and before park entry.
    • If anyone in a party has a temperature of 100.4ºF/38ºC or higher, the entire party will be directed to return home and reschedule your visit.
  • At the gate, the current park bag policy remains and place.
  • Guests are asked to maintain six feet of social distance from other park guests and associates.
  • Smoking will not be permitted inside the park.
  • Some areas and attractions are closed as they are not conducive for social distancing.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail locations.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • All indoor entertainment and gaming locations have been closed.

Canada’s Wonderland – opening May 14

  • All guests must reserve their visit in advance, either online or via mobile app before coming to the park.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by all guests ages 2 or older in all areas unless otherwise designated.
    • Face coverings may be removed to experience water rides only.
  • Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests and employees.
    • If anyone in a party has a temperature of 100.4ºF/38ºC or higher, the entire party will be directed to return home and reschedule your visit.
  • At the gate, the current park bag policy remains and place.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Smoking will not be permitted inside the park.
  • Some areas and attractions will be closed at first, as they are not conducive for social distancing.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail locations.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • The park’s indoor theater, Canterbury Theatre, will be closed.

Carowinds – opening May 22

  • Carowinds and Carolina Harbor will open with limited capacity.
  • Reservations will be required for season passholders before visiting Carowinds and Carolina Harbor.
    • Single-day ticketholders will only need to make reservations before visiting Carolina Harbor.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued.
  • A health screen questionnaire will be conducted by employees and the front gate and not through the Carowinds mobile app.
  • There will be limitations to ride capacity on certain attractions.
  • Face coverings are required in indoor areas unless eating or drinking.
    • Face coverings are not required outdoors unless social distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and not have exhalation valves or vents.
  • Some areas and attractions will be closed at first, as they are not conducive for social distancing.
    • Face coverings are required on all indoor rides and attractions.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn by all guests ages 2 and older when entering and exiting all indoor dining locations.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail and game locations.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged.

Cedar Point – opening May 14

  • Reservations will be required for Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores, and both season passholders and single-day ticketholders will need reservations.
  • Both parks will open with limited capacity.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued.
  • The health screen questionnaire will be conducted by employees at all entrance gates and will not be through the Cedar Point mobile app.
    • Guests will be expected to self-assess for any potential COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival.
  • There will be no limits on ride capacity, but social distancing will remain in place while waiting in line.
  • Guests ages 10 and older are required to wear face coverings while indoors, unless actively eating and drinking.
    • Face coverings are not required outdoors unless it isn’t possible to maintain six feet of social distancing.
    • Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth, and cannot have exhalation valves or vents.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 10 and older when entering and exiting all indoor dining locations, but can be removed when actively eating or drinking.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail and game locations.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Social distance protocols and safety guidelines will be maintained in any indoor entertainment venues that are being used.

Dorney Park – opening May 29

  • Dorney Park will open with limited capacity, and all guests must plan for their visit in advance before coming to the park.
  • Face coverings will be required for guests ages 2 and older in all areas unless otherwise designated.
    • Face coverings can only be removed when experiencing water rides, or when actively eating or drinking.
  • A health screening questionnaire within 24 hours of the date of visit and temperature checks at the park are required for all guests and employees.
    • If anyone in a party has a temperature of 100.4ºF/38ºC or higher, the entire party will be directed to return home and reschedule your visit.
  • At the gate, the current park bag policy remains and place.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Dorney Park is non-smoking, but there is a designated smoking area located outside the main entrance in the plaza.
  • Some areas and attractions will be closed at first, as they are not conducive for social distancing.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail and game locations.
  • Some indoor merchandise locations have been closed.

Kings Dominion – opening May 22

  • Kings Dominion and Soak City will open with limited capacity, so season passholders will need to make a reservation in order to visit Kings Dominion and Soak City in advance.
    • Single-day ticketholders prior to April 26, 2021 will only need to make a reservation to visit Soak City
    • Single-day tickets purchased on or after April 26, 2021 are dated and park-specific and don’t require an additional reservation.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued at the front gate.
  • A health screen questionnaire will be conducted by associates at the front gate and not through the Kings Dominion mobile app.
  • All guests ages 5 and older and all employees will be required to wear face coverings while inside the park.
    • Face coverings can only be removed when in a “RelaxZone,” while dining at a table or bench, while in line for water attractions in Soak City, or when experiencing water attractions or pools.
    • Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and should not have exhalation valves or vents.
  • There will be no limits on ride capacity except for in the water park and on indoor attractions.
  • At the gate, the current park bag policy remains and place.
  • Smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area, located just outside the park exit.
  • Some areas and attractions will be closed at first, as they are not conducive for social distancing.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail and game locations.
  • All indoor entertainment locations are closed.

Kings Island – opening May 15

  • Reservations will only be required for visiting Soak City Water Park, not Kings Island theme park.
    • Both season passholders and single-day ticketholders will need reservations for Soak City.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued.
  • A health screen questionnaire will be conducted by associates at the front gate and not through the Kings Island mobile ap.
  • Guests ages 10 and older are required to wear face coverings while indoors, unless actively eating or drinking.
    • Face coverings are not required in outdoor areas unless social distancing is not possible.
    • Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and not have exhalation valves or vents.
  • Most rides will not have a capacity limit, and face coverings are recommended for outdoor rides and required for indoor rides.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 10 and older in indoor retail locations.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail and game locations.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • For now, there will be no indoor entertainment offerings.

Knott’s Berry Farm – opening May 21

  • Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City (opening date TBD) will open with limited capacity, so all guests will have to make a reservation in advance of their visit.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and older at all times.
    • Face coverings can be removed while in a “RelaxZone,” while dining at a table or bench, while waiting in line for water attractions at Soak City Waterpark or when experiencing water attractions or pools at Soak City Waterpark.
    • Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and not have exhalation valves or vents.
  • Temperature checks have been discontinued.
    • Instead, guests will be asked to confirm that no one in the party has been exposed to or experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 10 days.
    • If your party doesn’t pass the health assessment, you will be asked to reschedule your visit to a different date.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Smoking will only be permitted in designated smoking areas, which are located outside of the park exit only.
  • Some areas and attractions will be closed at first, as they are not conducive for social distancing.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail and game locations.
  • Separate entrances and exits will appear at some retail locations.
  • All indoor entertainment locations have been closed.

Michigan’s Adventure – opening May 29

  • Michigan’s Adventure will open with limited capacity, so all guests must plan for their visit in advance.
  • Face coverings will be required for all guests ages 2 and older, as well as employees, while inside the park.
    • Face coverings are required at all times unless dining at a table or bench, while waiting in line for water attractions, or when experiencing water attractions.
    • Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, and not have exhalation valves or vents.
  • Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests and employees.
    • If anyone in a party has a temperature of 100.4ºF/38ºC or higher, the entire party will be directed to return home and reschedule your visit.
  • At the gate, the current park bag policy remains and place.
  • Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
  • Some areas and attractions will be closed at first, as they are not conducive for social distancing.
  • Some dining locations will not be available.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all open retail locations.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels (opening May 8) and Schlitterbahn Galveston (opening May 15)

  • Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark will open with reduced capacity, so all guests must schedule their visit in advance through an online reservation system.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued.
  • A health screen questionnaire will be conducted by employees at the front gate instead of on the Schlitterbahn website.
  • Guests ages 2 and older will be asked to wear face coverings inside restrooms, retail, food establishments, and other indoor areas.
    • However, face coverings are not required to enter the park or while enjoying water attractions; they are encouraged but not required when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Some areas and attractions are not conducive for social distancing and are closed for now.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all gift shops and cart locations.
  • Guests can bypass the health screening when leaving the waterpark and returning on the same day, but will be required to go through security screening and metal detectors each entry.

Valleyfair – opening May 22

  • Valleyfair will open with limited capacity, so all guests must plan for their visit in advance before coming to the park.
  • All guests age 2 and older are required to wear a face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth; face masks cannot have exhalation valves or vents.
    • Face coverings are always required except while dining at a table or bench.
  • Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests and associates.
    • If anyone in a party has a temperature of 100.4ºF/38ºC or higher, the entire party will be directed to return home and reschedule your visit.
  • At the gate, the current park bag policy remains and place.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot.
  • Some areas and attractions are not conducive for social distancing and are closed for now.
  • Some dining locations will not be available.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all of the park’s open retail locations.

Worlds of Fun – opening May 22

  • Worlds of Fun will reopen with limited capacity, so all guests must plan for their visit in advance before coming to the park.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests age 3 and older, and are always required unless dining at a table or bench.
    • Face coverings cannot have exhalation valves or vents and must completely cover the nose and mouth.
    • Face coverings can only be removed while dining or when inside the RelaxZones located throughout the park.
  • Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests and employees.
    • If anyone in a party has a temperature of 100.4ºF/38ºC or higher, the entire party will be directed to return home and reschedule your visit.
  • At the gate, the current park bag policy remains and place.
  • Contactless payment is encouraged where possible.
  • Smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area, which is located near the main gate.
  • Some areas and attractions are not conducive for social distancing and are closed for now.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all retail and game locations.
  • All indoor entertainment and gaming locations have been closed.

Cedar Point, Kings Island, and other regional theme parks are starting to open their gates once again, so it’s important that you familiarize yourself with their COVID-19 protocols and operations before your visit as not all rules are the same across the board.

To learn more about Cedar Fair parks, visit CedarFair.com.

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