Jun 12, 2020 - Health

Theme parks begin reopening after 3 months of coronavirus closures

People wear masks and sit far apart from each other as they enjoy riding a roller coaster

Photo: Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP

Patrons enjoy the 200-foot dive on the SheiKra roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, owned by SeaWorld.

The state of play: After being closed for 87 days, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld in Orlando reopened yesterday for the first time since March 16.

Masks are required for visitors age 2 and up. Most people complied, although some let them droop or took them off, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

  • SeaWorld has "face covering relaxation zones," where people can sit down and take off their masks,
  • The park is selling masks decorated like shark’s teeth or a dolphin’s snout.

Walt Disney World Resort theme parks will begin a phased reopening July 11.

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