Six Flags remains closed in Illinois, reopening could hinge on cure for COVID-19


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Six Flags Great America will unlikely reopen anytime soon in Gurnee. The park has been closed since the pandemic hit Illinois in mid-March.

Park Management stated at the end of May saying they believed the park could reopening within a month if allowed to do so. The park has already began hiring around 4,500 seasonal workers to prepare for the reopening.

Its unlikely Six Flags would reopen a cure for COVID-19 has been discovered. Defined in Illinois by reaching Phase 5.

“We can control the amount of people and the amount of reservations we give out just like a restaurant,” Six Flags Great America President Hank Salemi said in an interview with CBS Chicago, saying temperature checks, masks and a 300-acre park would provide a safe experience for visitors.  

Elsewhere across America, amusement parks have begun to reopen, including Six Flags parks in Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas. They’re reopening with a special reservation system. The Gurnee location has yet to receive permission to move forward with such a system in place here in Illinois.

“Following local and regional COVID-19 health directives, we will open as soon as it is safe to do so. While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at the properties, the safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, and follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials.” The park says on their website.

According to Six Flags Great America, one day tickets at the park will be honored throughout the end of the year, and a 2020 seasonal pass will be accredited to the 2021 season for every day the park has been closed. Additionally members packages will be upgraded to the next level for free with one free month for every month the park has been closed.


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