BREAKING: Reopening of amusement parks gives hope to Coney Island

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Outdoor amusement parks throughout the state can reopen at 33 p.c capability on April 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced on Wednesday, which means the People’s Playground can as soon as once more welcome thrill-seekers following a year of monetary hardship.

Visitors should purchase tickets prematurely and put on face coverings, and the parks should conduct temperature checks and clear the rides continuously, Cuomo stated. 

Sleep-away camps and indoor leisure can even open underneath the brand new guidelines, Cuomo introduced. Indoor leisure will likely be restricted to 25 p.c of their most capability and can open March 26, and sleep-away camps will open in June for the period of the summer time with testing protocols. 

Cuomo has not but specified what varieties of companies qualify as indoor leisure, however stated the Department of Health will launch an inventory of qualifying companies quickly.

The reopening will come practically two weeks after the Coney Island amusement parks’ regular reopening date on Palm Sunday, which falls this year on March 28. Regardless of the change of date, one amusement park proprietor stated he was thrilled to find a way to reopen.

We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” stated Dennis Vourderis, whose household owns Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. “And what a long, dark tunnel it’s been.”

Vourderis and Alessando Zamerla, who owns the neighboring Luna Park, have urged the state since final summer time to concern reopening pointers, arguing that the open-air services are ready to open safely.

“The way [the Wonder Wheel] was designed and built 102 years ago during the last pandemic, it was designed to be socially distant,” stated Vourderis in September. “The cars are 50 feet apart, the people that ride in each one of the vehicles are with their own group, their own family.”

This summer time, each parks will unveil new rides. Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, which tends to cater to youthful thrill-seekers, will open a custom-made, 68-foot-tall rollercoaster referred to as the Phoenix someday this summer time, Vourderis stated. Next door, Luna Park will unveil a brand new kid-friendly part with six rides. 

The reopening will even imply that the Wonder Wheel will likely be in a position to rejoice its 100-year anniversary, which might have been in 2020, however was postponed as a result of of the parks’ season-long closure. But as a result of of the restricted capability, Vourderis stated he isn’t but certain what the celebration will seem like.

We’re not sure how much on an event we can do,” he stated. “At this point, we’re just happy we can open.”

This is a growing story. Check again for extra updates. 

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