May 27, 2020 – The Conneaut Lake Park Board of Trustees announced that the amusement and water parks will not be opening for the 2020 season as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Already operating under federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize its debts, there was no feasible way for the park to comply with safety guidelines and make a profit.
“With the park being in bankruptcy, it really puts a different spin on opening up that amusement park with all the new health and safety guidance that we know of,” Jim Becker, executive director of Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park, said in a statement.
Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park is the nonprofit corporation that oversees operations and Becker said if allowed to operate at only 50 percent capacity, it wouldn’t be enough to sustain the park financially once additional costs are factored in. The park also doesn’t have the physical infrastructure to control crowds to 50 percent of its capacity because the amusement park is a public park with open gates and no turnstiles.
“There’s (social) distancing components alone in the lines to enter onto the rides — let alone on the rides,” he said. “It’s virtually impossible for us to pull it off physically.”
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