June 11, 2020 – Both SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa theme parks as well as their Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Adventure Island water resorts reopened with safety guidelines in place. The parks are limiting capacity to around one-third and requiring reservations online. Guests and employees are required to undergo temperature checks, wear face masks and observe social distancing. There are also additional hand-sanitizing stations, contactless payment methods, increased sanitizing of rides and one-direction flow of traffic in some areas. SeaWorld’s operating days will also be limited to five per week.
Additional measures will also be in place for animal observing and interacting, including some tours and animal interactions will be modified or limited to one-party at a time, all open animal viewing spots will have markings to promote physical distancing, and only tours that allow for social distancing can operate.
SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas will reopen on June 19th, but SeaWorld San Diego must wait for California guidelines to be set in place before they can announce their reopening. The same goes for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, which is waiting on Virginia’s guidelines.
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