The region can’t wait for the sound of summer fun at Waldameer again.
The owner of Splash Lagoon said that their team have spent weeks preparing to welcome guests with new daily sanitation practices.
Splash Lagoon is opening on Friday after expanding the arcade and adding a new balcony with seating area which creates a larger space for more visitors at half capacity.
“We’re putting the finishing touches on all of the expansion parts and we’ve spaced out the tables,” said Nick Scott Sr., owner of Splash Lagoon.
Scott said that visitors will also be required to wear masks when they’re in the arcade and other closed spaces. He said that visitors won’t be required to wear masks in the water, but there are some restrictions.
“We’ll also be restricting the number of people that can go in the hot tub or the pool area in order to keep them safe,” said Scott.
The health department claimed that this is necessary.
“Public bathing places should also be 50% capacity just ’cause you’re in the water, doesn’t mean it’s a free for all. You nee to also maintain your social distancing,” said David George, Supervisor Environmental Health Division.
The owner of Waldameer said that they’ve removed over 50% of their tables and chairs to keep visitors socially distant.
“We won’t even have 50% attendance. I can’t believe it, you know, because some people are afraid to go out,” said Paul Nelson, Owner of Waldameer.
Nelson said that he doesn’t expect to see large crowds when the park eventually opens after meeting with the health department.
One way the park is practicing social distancing is through ticket sales.
“We sell almost everything on our website. Seventy-five percent of our money is now spent on the website,” said Nelson.
Nelson said that he hopes Waldameer will open July 4.