July 7, 2020 – Kennywood Park won’t open this week as planned, due to a surge of coronavirus cases in the Pittsburgh area. The park had intended to open Monday to season passholders and then to the general public on July 11. The park has not set a new opening date.
The Allegheny County Health Department late last week issued a one-week closure order for all bars, restaurants and casinos, as well as events and activities with more than 25 people. At the same time, the health department director, Dr. Debra Bogen, asked county residents to stay home unless absolutely necessary.
In response, both Kennywood and nearby Sandcastle water park announced they would delay their openings. In a statement on its website, the park stated “Our top priority at Kennywood and Sandcastle is the health and safety of our guests and team members, and the community at large. While we are looking forward to the start of our summer season, we understand the reasoning behind the recent order and stay at home request, and will do our part by postponing our scheduled July 6 opening.”
Cases of coronavirus have surged in the county in recent days, primarily among young people. The county recorded 233 new cases on Thursday, up from 37 a week before. In Pennsylvania, the number of total cases hit 89,375 over the weekend, according to the state health department.
Elsewhere in the state amusement parks have opened in recent days, including Hersheypark near Harrisburg and Waldameer in Erie.
Update: Kennywood opened to the public on July 13, 2020.
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