Virginia theme parks have announced delayed openings in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Closures, postponements, and delays have come in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Due to concerns for the health and safety of their guests and staff, two local theme parks have decided to delay opening dates.
SeaWorld Parks’ Busch Gardens Williamsburg was scheduled on open on March 14 (for season pass holders) and March 15 (for the general public). The park has now delayed opening until the end of the month.
Busch Gardens Tampa, in Florida, is also temporarily closed until the end of March.
Cedar Fair’s Kings Dominion was scheduled to open March 28. The Doswell theme park has delayed opening until April 4. Officials at the park are working with guests who have prepaid tickets or have a reservation with the campground during the closure time. The campground is planning to remain open.
Other Cedar Fair parks include Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina (which is now scheduled to open on Friday, April 3) and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California (temporarily closed until the end of March).
In other theme park news, both Disneyland and Walt Disney World have temporarily closed their theme parks, including company-owned hotels, Disney Springs, and Downtown Disney. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando have also closed temporarily. As of the current date, Universal hotels and CityWalk are still open.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Schools across the state have closed for at least two weeks. Many businesses and events are canceled in an effort to contain and prevent the spreading of the virus. According to the Virginia Department of Health, there are 51 confirmed cases and one death from coronavirus as of March 16.
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