QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Earlier this week, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo released guidance allowing amusement parks and summer camps to open with COVID-19 precautions in place. On Friday, The Great Escape announced plans to open the gates and let visitors in this summer.

The park will open for weekends and select dates starting on May 1, followed by full-time on June 24. The park will be limited to one-third capacity, with staggered seating in rides. The plan is to hire around 1,500 employees, at job fairs starting online on March 13.

Among the attractions at the park will be the Adirondack Outlaw, a new ride set to be installed as soon as the snow melts.

Safety precautions at the park are as follows:

  • Contact-less IR thermal imaging will be used to screen temperatures of guests and employees prior to entry; and individuals will be asked if they are healthy and will be required to acknowledge the company’s health policies
  • All guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit/work day
  • Any guest without a mask will be able to purchase one at the front gate.
  • Strictly Enforced Social Distancing
  • Easy to identify distance markers will be added in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail
  • locations, and dining queue lines
  • Dining areas will be adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties
  • Guests will be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions
  • Six-foot viewing areas will be marked for guests to observe game play
  • Arcade games will be reconfigured or deactivated to comply with social distancing requirements
  • Advanced security screenings will enable touchless bag checks
  • Capacity at indoor venues will be reduced to meet social distancing requirements
  • Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by at least six feet
  • Trained and dedicated cleaning teams have been put in place
  • Increased sanitization and disinfecting of high touch points including all public seating, tabletops, counters, doors, and trash cans will occur frequently
  • Rides, restraints, and handrails will be cleaned throughout the day
  • Restroom staff will be stationed to disinfect each stall and sink area on a frequent basis
  • Multiple hand-washing and alcohol-based hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park
  • All team member work areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected
  • Modified menus and implementation of mobile food ordering will help facilitate touchless transactions
  • Self-service buffets and salad bars will be reconfigured to eliminate guest contact with food;
  • Condiments, self-serve cutlery, and napkins will be provided to guests with their meals as required
  • Beverages will be served by attendants, and guests will receive any drink bottle refills in a paper cup each time they refill
  • All employees will be issued Team Member Action Packs which will include: a safety
  • face mask, safety glasses, and disposable gloves
  • Low pressure backpack sprayers will be utilized for disinfecting large areas
  • Abundant supplies of sanitizers and disinfectants will be available
  • Microfiber cloths will be used to sanitize surfaces
  • Queue line supplies, fencing, and tents will be in place to promote safe social distancing
  • Frontline team members will go through extensive COVID-19 training
  • Safety messaging and reminders on Six Flags’ website, newsletters, in-park announcements, and recorded phone messages will occur frequently
  • Distance markers and physical distance indicators will be in place
  • Informational safety signage will be posted throughout the park

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