AUSTIN, TX – Amusement parks in Texas can reopen at a capacity of 50% as of Friday.
In Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen the state’s economy, amusement parks in counties reporting more than 1,000 reported cases of COVID-19 can operate at 50% capacity.
Amusement parks in counties with less than 1,000 reported active cases were given the opportunity to reopen as of June 3.
Six Flags Amusement Parks around Texas are set to reopen Friday, but not to everyone unfortunately. Both Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington will be open for members and season pass holders first, and then gates will open to the general public beginning June 22.
Reservations for visitors attending both parks are required for valid entry.
Park officials have implemented new safety measures added stricter hygiene protocols, and added new technology systems in order to keep visitors and guests safe.
The Six Flags theme park chain says they are taking the following precautions:
- Health screenings for guests and team members
- Strictly enforced social distancing
- Extensive sanitization and disinfecting protocols
- Sanitized food preparation and service
- Commercial-grade cleaning equipment and supplies
- Multi-layered guest and team member communication
- Park reservations system to manage attendance
In a press conference on April 27, Gov. Abbott announced Phase 1 of the states reopening, which would begin on May 1 allowing retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters to reopen.
On May 18, the Governor announced that the state had successfully entered Phase 2, which allowed several businesses to reopen immediately, including child care facilities and massage parlors.
The announcement also allowed bars, bowling alleys and public aquariums to reopen at 25% capacity, beginning on May 22, as water parks were given the green light to reopen to the public beginning May 29.