CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the latest group of business sectors that will be permitted to reopen this month.
The list for businesses that can reopen on June 19 includes:
- Amusement parks
- Water parks
- Outdoor theaters
The governor said he feels comfortable allowing these businesses to resume operation after company leaders submitted strategies for safe reopenings and the appropriate advisory boards made recommendations.
During Friday’s briefing from Columbus, Gov. DeWine defended his decision to reopen Ohio in phases.
“To those who say we should open Ohio with no guidance or rules, that makes absolutely no sense in the midst of this pandemic,” Gov. DeWine said. “With COVID-19 still as contagious as it has ever been, to do that would be irresponsible and an abandonment of the duties I have as your governor.”
CEO, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Richard Zimmerman issued a statement after Gov. DeWine’s announcement. The statement is below.
As a result of ongoing discussions with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. John Husted, we are very pleased to announce that our Ohio parks, including Cedar Point and Kings Island, have been cleared to reopen. We will provide specific opening dates just as soon as we confirm details with the governor. We appreciate the cooperation and support of all those that are working hard to help us and the state of Ohio reopen.
We plan to continue conversations with the governor and lieutenant governor that have helped reach a positive resolution for all parties. We also owe a big thank you to our local city, county and state officials who have assisted us throughout this process. The reopening of our parks is crucial to the economic viability of Erie County and Warren County, and we look forward to getting back to business and hope that other states will follow Ohio’s lead in reopening parks around the country.
We are taking every necessary precaution to keep our guests and associates safe in accordance with governmental and CDC directives, Erie County and Warren County health departments, medical professionals, Ohio’s Development Services Agency (DSA) and industry best practices. Cedar Fair’s capacity-controlled, family-friendly properties at Cedar Point and Kings Island, coupled with the operational expertise of our seasoned park professionals, ensures an environment where predictable observance and enforcement of social distancing and COVID-19 protocols can be achieved. More details about our safety measures and what to expect when visiting our Ohio parks will be released closer to the opening date.
We cannot wait to welcome back our loyal guests to Ohio’s treasured amusement parks, which have brought fun and happiness to generations of families.