Hersheypark announces 2021 opening date, COVID-19 safety precautions

Isabella Maish, Reporter

Hersheypark announced it will kick off its 115th season on April 2, 2021. With COVID-19 impacting how the park operates, they issued sanitation and health guidelines to protect guests during their visit..

“We will introduce new enhancements that adhere to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the guidance and orders from the Pennsylvania Department of Health,” the Hersheypark website said.

When the gates open guests will be required to wear masks and have a temperature screening before entry.

All guests with tickets must reserve a date for their visit in an online form in advance of visiting according to a post on Hersheypark’s Twitter

The park will also implement alternative ride methods making it possible to manage capacity and facilitate social distancing.

Lines will allow for proper social distancing by marking the ground for appropriate 6 feet of social distance between guests.

Hersheypark is also reducing the number of customers permitted within the park in the interest of guest safety, social distancing, and creating the best possible experience for guests. 

Limiting the number of guests and social distancing will allow guests to enjoy their time at the park while following state regulations.

Social distancing helps limit the spread of COVID-19, but the park is also committing to  frequent sanitization.

Hershey emphasizes they will have employees constantly working to sanitize all surfaces that are being touched regularly such as door handles and tables.

The sanitization regimen will be followed not only in food courts but also in recreational areas throughout the park.