Dollywood set for June reopening with coronavirus measures
Theme parks submitting plans for coronavirus-safe summer reopening
Theme parks like Six Flags Great Adventure are gearing up to reopen for summer with coronavirus safety measures in place. FOX Business’ Grady Trimble with more.
Dolly Parton's Dollywood Parks and Resorts announced Wednesday that it will reopen its properties in phases throughout June.
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First to reopen will be Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa on June 10, followed by the Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park, which will reopen on June 15 and 16 for Dollywood season pass holders. Both parks will reopen to the general public starting on June 17.
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“We are excited to get open and to welcome families back to the Great Smoky Mountains. Brighter Days are ahead!” country music legend Parton, who is co-owner of Dollywood with Herschend Family Entertainment, said in a press release. “We have been blessed to work with some incredible experts at Covenant Health and with the State of Tennessee as we have navigated this extraordinary situation. Their advice and teamwork has provided untold help to make sure we are doing the right thing.”
Dollywood Theme Park postponed its March reopening two days after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic and has remained closed since then.
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Meanwhile, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa has been closed since March 24.
The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, resort and amusement park acknowledged its reopening will follow coronavirus safety measures that are in line with the Tennessee Pledge and statewide operational restrictions, including daily social distancing and limited capacity in addition to touch-free temperature checks and required face coverings.
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Exceptions to Dollywood’s face covering requirements exist for children under the age of 3 and guests who are getting on waterpark attractions and select rollercoasters “due to the dynamics of the attractions.” Face coverings are not required while eating.