Kennywood Introduces Mask-Free Zones After Successful First Weekend

Three mask-free break areas are around the park

Andrew Limberg
July 13, 2020 - 10:38 am

Related: Kennywood And Sandcastle Open Friday

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Kennywood says they had a successful first opening weekend, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to evolve as they learn more.

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On Sunday, the amusement park announced the addition of three “socially-distanced mask break zones.”

The areas are near the Windmill, the Garden Stage and Pavilion 16 near Kiddieland.

Both Kennywood and Sandcastle delayed the start of the season due to the pandemic, but developed a safety plan and officially opened to park-goers on Friday.

Kennywood spokesperson Nick Paradise says that they are encouraged how the first weekend unfolded.

“People were very receptive to wearing the masks, keeping the social distance, using hand sanitizer as they got on and got off each attraction,” said Paradise.

Those who are planning a trip to Kennywood, Sandcastle or Idlewild are asked to get tickets ahead of time online.

Walk up tickets will be available, but if a park reaches a predetermined capacity, tickets will not be sold.

Guests are asked to wear masks the entire time they are in the park with the exception of the mask-free zones, water rides and when eating and yes the Potato Patch Fires are available.

As the summer progresses, Kennywood will assess the demand for the park and the effect of the virus and make adjustments to its operations to best serve guests.

Kennywood officially opens to the general public Monday, July 13, after they opened for season passholders only over the weekend.


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