Oh come on. Six Flags Gurnee May not reopen this season. They went to Governor Pritzker with their plans that they implemented in other states. While they were/are able to reopen in other states, this jerk said NO.
Despite talk of opening its gates ahead of schedule, Six Flags Great America remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a date for reopening is still uncertain. Under Restore Illinois, the state’s phased reopening plan, the park won’t be allowed to host visitors again until Phase 5, which won’t come until either a coronavirus vaccine or treatment is developed or there are no new cases over a sustained period of time. That’s unlikely to happen this year.
But park management said May 26 that they believed the park could safely reopen within a month if allowed to do so, and to be ready, they were already hiring about 4,500 seasonal workers.
“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 told CBS Chicago, arguing that with temperature checks, masks and partially empty rides, the 300-acre park could provide a safe experience for visitors.
Six Flags parks in Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas reopened this week using a similar reservation system. But Six Flags Great America told Patch Friday the park hasn’t yet received permission to move forward.
“We’re still working with the Governor’s office and other local officials to determine an opening date,” communications manager Caitlin Kepple said in an email.
The latest update on the park’s website says, “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.”
According to Six Flags, one-day tickets will be honored through the end of the year, and 2020 season pass holders will be given credit toward the 2021 season for every day the park is closed in 2020. In addition, Regular, Gold, Gold Plus, Platinum and Diamond members will be upgraded to the next level of membership for free and get a free month of membership for every month the park is closed.
For more information, visit: sixflags.com/greatamerica/plan-your-visit/coronavirus-update.