Your summer may not include a trip to Canada’s Wonderland this year, as the Ontario Government isn’t allowing theme parks to open just yet.
“The medical officer of health has advised our government, and we have accepted his science, that theme parks and water parks of those nature still pose a significant threat as a result of COVID-19 and will not be able to open at this time,” said Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod on Wednesday. “At this time we are not confident, given the circulation of people coming from different parts of Ontario and different parts of Canada.”
“We’re disappointed to hear that we still haven’t received approval to open,” reads a Canada’s Wonderland statement provided to Barrie 360. “On several occasions, our park has submitted to the Ontario government a comprehensive reopening plan, featuring physical distancing, capacity controls and stringent health, safety and hygiene protocols that meet or exceed all requirements set forth by the Ontario government for businesses to open.”
The park highlights many of the steps it plans to take once reopening on its website. Those steps include booking a visit in advance and asking park visitors to wash their hands every twenty minutes. Hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout the park. At least one person in any given group of visitors to the park must have the Canada’s Wonderland app downloaded.
Wait lines for rides and attractions will be marked for physical distancing. Those visiting the park will be required to wear masks at all times under the Canada’s Wonderland plan, except for any water park attraction.
However, as the government hasn’t been able to say when the park could reopen, the waterpark will be off-limits whenever it does. “Due to this recent delay from the government, we will be unable to open our water park for this season due to the timeline restraints with our summer calendar,” concludes the Canada’s Wonderland statement. “We will continue to work with the Ontario government and hope to welcome guests back soon to a fun and safe environment.”