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Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? What rules or safety guidance must they follow?

Last Updated: 07/09/2020

Playgrounds, outdoor amusement parks, and outdoor water parks may reopen at 50 percent capacity so long as they follow required social distancing policies and other safety guidelines.

Indoor amusement parks and water parks remain closed at this time. However businesses may operate amusement games outdoors, such as on a boardwalk, so long as the game does not take place in an indoor amusement park, and the business must follow required social distancing guidelines and safety protocols.

Playgrounds and outdoor amusement amusement facilities must follow appropriate mitigation requirements detailed in Executive Order No. 157 and the Department of Health's Executive Directive No. 20-023 and summarized below

What To Expect

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in DOH ED 20-023 and EO 157. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of DOH ED 20-023 and EO 157 and businesses should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Establishments must institute the following policies:

  • Limit total capacity of any outdoor area to 50 percent – excluding employees
  • Close indoor spaces to the public, except when entering or exiting the establishment to access the outdoor area or to use the restroom
  • Develop a plan to screen guests, visitors, and employees for illness upon their entry into the venue.
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while indoors and in outdoors area where social distancing is difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual's health, such as in the water, or where the individual is under two years of age
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons then the business must decline the individual entry into the indoor premises
  • Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity
  • Limit the use of equipment rented or otherwise provided by the business to one person at a time
  • Sanitize high-contact surfaces and shared equipment such as mini-golf clubs, harnesses, helmets, lap bars, etc. after each use
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to customers
  • Require reservations, cancellations and prepayments be made via electronic or telephone reservation systems to limit physical interactions.
  • Establish a "guest flow" plan, including managing queues and making walkways or stairways one-way or clearly divided for bi-directional travel.

Guidance For Employees

Recreational businesses must impose the following requirements on employees:

  • Require employees with symptoms of COVID-19 be sent home
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings while indoors, except where doing so would inhibit the individual's health
  • Require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods
  • Provide all employees with face coverings and gloves free of charge
  • Provide employees break time for repeated handwashing throughout the workday
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes to staff

Source: Executive Order No. 153; Executive Order No. 157; Executive Directive No. 20-023