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Six Flags Great Adventure opens July 3

Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey, will open July 3 in accordance with Governor Phil Murphy’s opening guidelines for amusement parks, Six Flags Great Adventure will operate with reduced attendance levels beginning July 3. The park will then gradually increase attendance levels throughout the month. The park is implementing extensive new safety measures and hygiene protocols, including several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. These procedures will be adjusted on an as-needed basis to ensure compliance with state recommendations. A preview date for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is forthcoming.

“Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor are beloved outdoor destinations for so many in the Northeast,” said Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor Park President John Winkler, “and we look forward to welcoming families back to our parks. The safety of our guests and team members remains our number one priority, and the new safety guidelines we have put in place are designed to create a safe environment for everyone. We greatly appreciate the support of Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, Deputy Chief of Staff Mike DeLamater, Senate President Steve Sweeney, the New Jersey Amusement Association, and Governor Phil Murphy throughout this reopening process.”

The parks will employ an online reservation system to manage attendance, schedule guests for entry by day, and to stagger arrival times to minimise proximity exposure. Other new technologies include state-of-the-art thermal imaging for temperature checks, advanced security screening technology for touchless bag checks, and mobile food ordering. The parks’ reopening plan, which the company developed in consultation with epidemiologists, meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines for sanitization, hygiene, and social distancing protocols.

“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan,” said Six Flags President and CEO Mike Spanos, “that includes protocols designed by theme park and waterpark industry experts, along with best practices from top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest way possible. This ’new normal’ will be different in some ways, but we believe these additional measures are appropriate in the current environment.”

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