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Canada’s Wonderland (and all Cedar Fair Parks) Postpone Opening Days Due to COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease discovered in 2019 that carries symptoms that include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended that you wash your hands often, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching your face, and to “social distance”. Social distancing means to avoid large crowds, work from home if possible, and to keep roughly 2 metres away from other people.

Please visit the sources below for more accurate and up-to-date information.

Sources:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self-quarantine

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

COVID-19 Impact on the World

In the time around March 11th, 2020, COVID-19’s impact on the world came flooding in. Soon after the NBA announced the suspension of their season, the rest of the sports world followed suit with season pauses by other leagues including hockey, soccer, and baseball.

 

And the news kept on coming from elsewhere. Attractions like the Toronto Zoo and the CN Tower announced closures.

We then saw the impact to everyday life, most notably with the closure of all publicly funded schools in Ontario. Post-secondary schools were also modifying their semesters and closing campuses.

On March 17, the Province on Ontario declared a State of Emergency which included the legal power to close certain establishments.

As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:

  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
  • Concert venues.

Source: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-enacts-declaration-of-emergency-to-protect-the-public.html

Within the State of Emergency mandate, there is also the restriction of gatherings being limited to less than 50 people.

Canada’s Wonderland Postpones Opening Day

Around the time of the initial flood of postponements in the sports world, we also heard about the closure of Disney and Universal parks until the end of March. Soon after, Knott’s Berry Farm, which was open at the time, also announced they would be closed until the end of the month. At the same time with the announcement from Knott’s, other Cedar Fair parks that were preparing to open in the following weeks announced the postponement of their opening days to April 4. Wonderland was still preparing to open as scheduled as their opening was still an extra month away on May 1.

On March 20, Canada’s Wonderland, along with the rest of the Cedar Fair parks, announced the postponement of their season openings to mid-May.

A Message from Richard Zimmerman, Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

March 20, 2020 Update

At Cedar Fair, the safety and well-being of our Guests and Associates are always our top priorities.

We have been continuously monitoring and following regional and national health directives related to COVID-19, and we want to keep you informed on how these events will impact our park schedule. Currently, it is our hope to open Canada’s Wonderland mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our associates, our guests, and our community.

We will work with Guests who have prepaid tickets during the time period of our park closure. You may contact us at guestservices@canadaswonderland.com.

For 2020 Season Passholders, we will be adding days to the park’s operating calendar to accommodate for the days the park is temporarily closed (against the original 2020 operating calendar). Additionally, 2020 Season Passholders will enjoy added-value benefits to be announced at the time of park opening.

We appreciate the support and cooperation of our Guests and Associates during this ever-evolving situation. Your loyalty to our park is invaluable. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Source: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/park-update

The extended statement on Wonderland’s website hints at making up for lost time during the season with extra operating days and more perks for season pass holders. While we don’t know for sure what that entails at this point, I’d personally love to see nighttime ERT or extended Saturday operating hours to 11pm or midnight. I know there are factors that may prevent that so I’m not sitting here with the expectation of it happening, but I just wanted to throw that idea out there.

As one of the many park fans who had their own personal countdown to their first Wonderland visit for the year, I have literally zero issues with the postponement and am happy that they take the situation seriously. I look forward to returning to the park whenever they’re able to open.

Thanks for visiting!

I hope that this post didn’t come off as too preachy or anything; I simply wanted to bookmark this point in time on the blog to look back at from the future, the same way I do with my trip reports. Please stay safe and I’ll see you at the park when the time comes!

Posted in Canada's Wonderland, CW News, Industry News

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