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Medieval Times’ Maryland Castle reopening in April

by Susan and Simon Veness

On April 15, swords will clash, sparks will fly, and horse hooves will pound once again as Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament reopens its Hanover, Md. castle. Let the jousting competitions begin!

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Photos via Medieval Times on Facebook

Large indoor and outdoor venues in Maryland will be permitted to reopen at 50% capacity after Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the state’s expansion of capacity limits. The added capacity will still allow Medieval Times’ guests to maintain proscribed social distancing while cheering on their section’s knight during thrilling jousting competitions and other feats of skill and bravery.

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“We see a light at the end of the tunnel and soon valiant knights on horseback will be charging through it,” said Perico Montaner, president and CEO of Medieval Times. “In consultation with health experts and government officials, we’ve created a substantial reopening plan that ensures our guests and staff remain safe, without compromising the majesty and excitement fans expect from our tournaments.”

Guest will be required to wear masks while in the castle (except while eating), and will go through a contactless temperature screening prior to entry. The castle’s enormous 65,000 square feet of space allows all parties to be seated at least six feet apart while dining in the Grand Ceremonial Arena.

Other health-conscious precautions have been put in place, including:

  • Minimal contact entry into the castle
  • Multiple cleanings and disinfection of high-touch areas
  • Menus will be accessed via smartphones and disposable table cards
  • All team members will be screened prior to the start of their shift, and will be required to wear a mask at all times, and gloves while handling food or drinks
  • Disposable cutlery will be provided to guests upon request

Each evening, six knights on horseback will face off in games of skill and in epic jousting tournaments to determine which knight will win the title of Queen’s Champion. Graceful falconry and Dressage performances add to the memorable evening of medieval fun.

Medieval Times castles across the country have begun to reopen, too. Castles in Orlando, Fla.; Dallas, Texas; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Scottsdale, Ariz. have reopened.

The Chicago, Ill. castle will “open soon.” Buena Park, Calif.; Lyndhurst, N.J.; and Toronto, Ontario in Canada have not announced reopening dates.

Tickets for upcoming shows include a four-course meal and two-hour show. To purchase tickets, visit MedievalTimes.com or call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878).

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