Michigan’s Adventure to Close Water Park Again, Following State Decision

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Update, 4:47 p.m., July 31: Governor’s press secretary says all water parks must remain closed for the time being.

Update, 3:10 p.m., July 31: Amid confusion over state policing, Muskegon County health officials say they are seeking clarification from the state to find out whether the WildWater Adventure water park can remain open. Deals says it will stay open.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Just two weeks after it was partially reopened to the public, following an extended shutdown against the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s largest amusement park will be forced to close its doors again in following a new decree limiting outdoor and leisure activities.

Michigan’s Adventure, at 4750 Whitehall Road, north of Muskegon, reopened its WildWater Adventure water park – but not the rest of its grounds – to the general public on Friday, July 17, months later than the typical Memorial Day weekend. .

But in a executive order published on Wednesday July 29, Governor Gretchen Whitmer called for the closure of, among other spaces, “Outdoor services or facilities involving close contact with people, for amusement or other recreational or entertainment purposes, such as amusement parks … water parks and other leisure or similar entertainment. “

Under those orders, “Michigan’s Adventure will have to shut down,” Muskegon County director of public health Kathy Moore told MLive.

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Theme park spokesperson Laure Bollenbach did not respond to requests for comment early Friday.

Moore told MLive on Friday that the county would check with the company to see if any part of its operations would remain open. If so, the county will review the park’s security plan, Moore said.

She added that the county and the park have maintained close communication throughout its reopening and that the park has been “cooperative and proactive and extremely careful” when employees or others show potential symptoms.

“They were doing everything right,” she says.

Michigan’s Adventure is a 250-acre amusement park north of Muskegon. By reopening its water park, the park had implemented new safety protocols, such as pre-filling an online health questionnaire, receiving temperature checks at the entrance and maintaining social distancing. throughout the park.

The park is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment, which also owns Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; Kings Island in Mason, Ohio; and Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.

Lansing’s latest order, which also restricts indoor social gatherings and bar service in northern Michigan, comes as COVID-19 cases have started to spread across the Midwest again, following spikes important in the southern states.

Michigan’s case rate on Thursday, a day after Whitmer updated the “Safe Start Order,” a gradual return to reopening businesses and other aspects of public life, was his highest since early May, to 715 new cases, compared to an average of more than 600 per day in recent weeks.

Confirmed, 6,191 Michiganders have died from COVID-19, with around 250 deaths in the state considered likely to be linked to the virus.

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