Coronavirus: What’s the plan for opening Hersheypark?

tfitzpatrick//May 19, 2020

Coronavirus: What’s the plan for opening Hersheypark?

tfitzpatrick//May 19, 2020

Hersheypark has not opened yet for the season due to the novel coronavirus shutdown, but a spokesperson said they are working toward an early June reopening date.

“Given the uncertainty created by the pandemic, the situation remains very fluid and there is still a great deal of unpredictability on the horizon,” said Garrett Gallia, vice president for communications and corporate relations for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.

“As we begin taking small steps necessary for operations to eventually come back online, we do so while keeping in mind our overriding priority and commitment to the safety of our team members, guests and community.”

Opening the park is contingent on Gov. Tom Wolf lifting his order to close all non-life sustaining businesses, Hersheypark said in a statement. Wolf announced earlier this week a “Red, Yellow, Green” plan the state will follow to gradually reopen Pennsylvania, county by county.

Wolf warned that reopening Pennsylvania wouldn’t be like flipping a switch and that the first reopening phase will still keep indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities and all entertainment closed. Criteria for moving into the “green” phase have not been announced.

Gallia said they are preparing for the implementation of preventative measures to “address coronavirus prevention in public places.”

“These initiatives will enhance our existing high standards of sanitation, which have been supplemented through additional rigorous cleaning procedures,” Gallia said in an email. “We anticipate that the Governor will be providing guidance and necessary operational protocols related to reopening.”

Gallia said they anticipate receiving more guidance related to reopening and will wait to share any specific measures they will be taking until more protocols are in place.

ZooAmerica is also planning for a June reopening date.

What about season passes and employees?

All 2020 season passes have been extended through June 30, 2021, and payment plans are paused while the park is closed. Gallia said they are planning Season Pass holder events in 2020

Some Hersheypark employees have been furloughed and have no ability to get hours, Gallia said.

“The ordered closure of certain businesses, coupled with very few traveling guests, has resulted in the elimination of available work for some of our team members,” Gallia said.

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