June 21, 2020 – Sylvan Beach Amusement Park in upstate New York will not open this summer due to COVID-19 concerns.
“Up and until this week we had hoped to open for the 4th of July and we had serviced and assembled many of the rides, buildings and other equipment but as time went on it became abundantly clear that we weren’t able to confirm when or if we could open and to what level of operation,” according to the park’s Facebook page.
Park officials said there was no guidance from the state, region or local authorities, and that staffing also was an issue as unemployment benefits were so “generous and people were resistant to leave that program and return to the workforce.” They also stated if they were to open, attendance might be severely impacted because of health and safety concerns.
The park plans to continue with capital improvement projects to the facilities and rides throughout the summer and into the off season.
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