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Arnolds Park Amusement Park opens again, customers required to wear face coverings

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ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (KTIV) -- Arnolds Park Amusement Park announced Thursday that it would reopen once again starting Friday, June 26.

Back on June 3, Arnolds Park Amusement Park temporarily closed the park, museums and the Queen II after Dickinson County saw a surge of COVID-19 cases.

On the park's Facebook page, officials say they are now ready to reopen their facilities, but there will be several new guidelines in place.

The new guidelines include:

  • Guests will be required to wear face coverings.
    • Children under the age of two are not required to wear face coverings.
  • Customers are asked to stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling ill in any way.
  • Customers are asked to wash and sanitize their hands frequently during their visit.
  • Respect social distancing and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between your group and others.
  • Avoid touching gates, fencing, etc., and refrain from touching your face.
  • Guests are required to undergo temperature screening before entering the park.
  • Customers are asked to comply with posted signage and staff direction related to COVID-19 measures.

Park officials say all employees will undergo a temperature screening before starting work. Employees will also wear masks and other personal protective equipment as needed.

Officials say high touch areas will be frequently sanitized and rides will be unavailable at times as they are also cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.

"Trying to just do everything we can to make sure that those rides are sanitized on a regular basis. Getting them wiped down, sanitized, cleaned. And just making it safe for our guests and our employees also." said Paul Plumb, marketing director of Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

Hand sanitizer locations will also be placed throughout the park and seating areas have been spaced out to encourage social distancing.

Officials with the park said they've been watching the number of local cases closely to help them make the decision to open back up.

"That's a big part of our decision, you know watching those numbers daily, and figuring out some metrics. And listening to our local health officials on what's happening in the area, and making our decisions based on those," said Plumb.

Health officials in the area said they want the community to enjoy the park, but just advise that everyone do it as safely as possible.

"I would make sure that you are washing your hands frequently, and I would make sure that you practice social distancing from other parties at the park," said Dr. Andrew Mueting of Lakes Regional Family Medicine. "You know the park is a great place to have fun and have some family time, but we need to practice these measures so the park can stay open and that we can keep our community members safe."

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