WORTH THE DRIVE: Cedar Point announces summer reopening plans

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Cedar Point announced this morning its plan to reopen in July with limited attendance, social distancing and new hygiene protocols.

The theme park’s reopening plans are similar to those of sister theme park Kings Island, which also announced its reopening plan this morning.

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The park will first open for season passholders only.

Cedar Point’s tentative opening dates:

• July 9 – 10: park open to 2020 Cedar Point Season, Gold and Platinum Passholders only

• Beginning July 11: Park open to Cedar Point Resorts guests and 2020 Cedar Point Season, Gold and Platinum Passholders

• Already announced: Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers and Lighthouse Point RV sites will be open June 12 – 27, prior to Cedar Point’s opening

“The safety of all of our guests and associates has always been, and will always be our top priority. We’re looking forward to returning to summertime fun in a safe and healthy manner,” said Jason McClure, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point, said in a news release. “We’ve implemented new safety protocols throughout the property that align with the recommendations of health and safety experts. With that guidance, we’re ready and excited to welcome our guests and associates back to Cedar Point.”

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WHAT GUESTS CAN EXPECT

Once reopened, the guest experience will be different with new policies in place to ensure safety.

Reservations required for passholders and guests – In order to maintain limited capacity each operating day, all guests, including Season Passholders, will be required to make a reservation to visit the park though the Cedar Point mobile app or at cedarpoint.com. In a few weeks prior to park opening, 2020 Cedar Point Season, Gold or Platinum Passholders will receive an invitation to make reservations first, followed by guests who have pre-purchased day tickets. Reservation availability for guests who have not yet purchased a park ticket will be announced at a later date.

Guests who stay at a Cedar Point Resorts property will have guaranteed entry to Cedar Point for each day of their stay, beginning the day after check in, but must purchase a ticket or have a 2020 Season Pass.

•  Health screening and temperature checks – All guests must complete a health screening declaration within the Cedar Point mobile app 24 hours prior to entering the park, and guests and associates will undergo a touchless temperature screening prior to entering the park.

Face masks – guests and associates will be required to wear a mask at all times.

Social Distancing – markers and signage will be placed throughout the park to assist with social distancing of at least six feet.

Additional protocols include touchless transactions, limited guest/associate contact, enhanced cleaning procedures in high-touch areas, dining locations, hotel rooms and restrooms, capacity management through the park and additional hand sanitization stations.

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