June 13, 2020 – Amusement parks in Finland began welcoming summer revelers, with public life slowly getting back to normal since June 1st. A week following the opening of Powerland, the world’s northern-most amusement park, the country’s three other amusement parks also opened following long delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tykkimäki in Kouvola was the second to reopen for the season on Wednesday, followed by Linnanmäki in Helsinki on Friday and Tampere’s Särkänniemi today.
The theme parks are following precautionary measures like limiting the number of guests and maintaining a safe distance in queues for rides. For instance, Linnanmäki will only admit 5,000 visitors — only a quarter of the usual number. The 70-year-old park was scheduled to open on May 1st.
Särkänniemi, Tykkimäki and Linnanmäki are also offering advance booking options to avoid situations where people travel long distances only to be turned away at the gates. Powerland was allowed to open earlier than the other parks due to its rural location a fewer Coronavirus cases. It is also running at 40% capacity, but is requiring guests to make prior reservations for admittance.
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