Kennywood reopens Friday with modifications for COVID-19

Kennywood rolled out its limited opening Friday.Dozens waited in line for the park’s opening at 1 p.m.”I was upset when we couldn’t come. But we made it today!” Alesia Casaphney said.Friday’s opening was part of a phased plan. Park spokesman Nick Paradise says they are allowed to have 50% capacity, but are only letting roughly 20% in to start.Paradise recommends people RSVP online before coming to the park given the reduced capacity.Not all rides are open.”As things continue, we get more accustomed to this new way of operating, as we see what reality is in the park,” Paradise said. “Then we can see whether it’s expanding hours, opening more attractions, having more staff on-boarded, we’ll be able to do more of those things as time goes on.”All staff and guests must get temperatures taken before they come in. Mask wearing is also required, social distancing and hand-washing will be encouraged.”It’s just what you have to do, you know?” said Angela Walter, a parent who doesn’t mind the modifications.

Kennywood rolled out its limited opening Friday.

Dozens waited in line for the park’s opening at 1 p.m.

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“I was upset when we couldn’t come. But we made it today!” Alesia Casaphney said.

Friday’s opening was part of a phased plan. Park spokesman Nick Paradise says they are allowed to have 50% capacity, but are only letting roughly 20% in to start.

Paradise recommends people RSVP online before coming to the park given the reduced capacity.

Not all rides are open.

“As things continue, we get more accustomed to this new way of operating, as we see what reality is in the park,” Paradise said. “Then we can see whether it’s expanding hours, opening more attractions, having more staff on-boarded, we’ll be able to do more of those things as time goes on.”

All staff and guests must get temperatures taken before they come in. Mask wearing is also required, social distancing and hand-washing will be encouraged.

“It’s just what you have to do, you know?” said Angela Walter, a parent who doesn’t mind the modifications.