Surprise: Kings Island Can Open on June 19

During his COVID-19 press briefing today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that two weeks from today, casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen

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click to enlarge A rendering of the new giga coaster, Orion - Photo: Provided by Kings Island
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A rendering of the new giga coaster, Orion

During his COVID-19 press briefing today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that two weeks from today, casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to reopen.


"In each one of these cases, they have come up with plans that dramatically reduce the number of people, provide for sanitation, and in some cases provide for one-way traffic," he said. "They are quite elaborate plans that we believe are consistent with protecting the public and consistent with allowing Ohioans to go about their summer and enjoy their summer in the way that they are used to doing." 

The handful of places that still don't have a plan or guidance for reopening: contact youth sports, stadiums, auditoriums, large venues, outdoor theaters.

This news comes right after news that Kings Island has filed a lawsuit against Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and the Warren County Health District to reopen.

The suit claims that the director has no power to close lawful businesses or to continue to enforce their closure. In addition, it says that while similar businesses and entertainment destinations like pools or places with larger crowds have been allowed to reopen, and that on June 4, Gov. Mike DeWine declared opening dates for destinations like zoos, museums, movie theaters, aquariums and the like (June 10), the order continues to single out amusement parks and water parks. 

Kings Island says it employees 570 full-time and 10,000 seasonal and part-time workers.

The suit itself claims, "Through various orders and fiat, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health has arbitrarily criminalized all safe amusement and water park operations, without providing any process, venue, or judicial review to determine whether these Ohioans’ businesses are in fact safe enough to warrant operation."

You can read the full complaint here.

Kings Island argues they can follow all Responsible RestartOhio guidelines set forth for businesses including those for pools and aquatic centers, day spas, restaurants and bars, canoes and liveries and can offer vast social distancing space over their 300 acres. They can also offer timed ticketing for entry.

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