Canada’s Wonderland water park will remain closed for the season due to COVID-19 restrictions

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TORONTO – Canada’s Wonderland says it is disappointed the government has yet to authorize the reopening of amusement parks in Ontario and that due to the delay the water park will remain closed for the remainder of the season. In a statement, a spokesperson for the Toronto-area theme park said it has repeatedly submitted “a full reopening plan” to the provincial government. In the plan, they said they would adhere to physical distancing, capacity checks, and safety and health protocols proposed by officials.

“We are disappointed to learn that we still have not received approval to open,” said Grace Peacock, Director of Communications.

“Due to this recent government delay, we will not be able to open our water park for this season due to time constraints with our summer schedule. We will continue to work with the Government of Ontario and look forward to welcoming guests to a fun and safe environment soon.

Earlier Wednesday, Ontario Heritage, Tourism and Sport Minister Lisa MacLeod said health officials believe it is not yet time to reopen theme parks or water parks .

“The Chief Medical Officer of Health has informed our government, and we have accepted his science, that theme parks and water parks of this nature are still a significant threat due to COVID-19 and therefore will not be able to open at this time. -the. time, ”she said.

MacLeod acknowledged the “seasonal nature” of theme parks, but noted that until all regions are in Stage 3 of the province’s plan to reopen, the risk of exposure remains too high.

“We are not confident, given the flow of people coming from different parts of Ontario and different parts of Canada right now to open these theme parks until all of Ontario is in. step 3, ”MacLeod said.

All regions of Ontario, with the exception of Windsor-Essex, have moved to Stage 3 of the province’s economic reopening plan.

On its website, Canada’s Wonderland touts “new processes and improved procedures” that can help reduce the spread of germs.

Some of the precautions include the use of reservations, health checks and temperature checks, required face covers, hand sanitization, and the use of an app that can send customers real-time updates. .

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