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Kings Dominion 'disappointed' with Phase 3 restrictions on amusement parks

Posted at 1:25 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 17:21:39-04

DOSWELL, Va. -- Kings Dominion has expressed disappointment with the restrictions applied to amusement parks under Phase Three of the governor's reopening plan.

In Phase 3, which Virginia will enter on Wednesday, July 1, amusement parks would finally be allowed to reopen - but with a capacity limit of 1,000 people.

The 1,000 people limit is the same restriction applied to smaller indoor attractions.

"Although we respect the decisions of our state officials, the restriction of limiting our park to just 1,000 guests does not reflect the large volume of space available to accommodate recommended social distancing protocols, and essentially suggests the state will only allow us to have 5 people per operating acre," said Kings Dominion spokesperson Maggie Sellers in a statement to CBS 6.

Sellers says Kings Dominion has developed protocols to safely reopen in accordance with governmental and CDC directives.

"Many amusement parks across the United States have already successfully reopened with similar protocols," said Sellers.

"We are hopeful that our plan for re-opening will receive serious consideration and that a separate decision will be made in short order for amusement parks in Virginia."

Other Virginia theme parks like Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA announced they will not reopen under Phase 3 of the reopening.