Coney Island reopens Friday with some changes

Posted at 9:21 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 05:58:16-04

CINCINNATI — A few weeks after the park was supposed to open for the summer, Coney Island announced Monday they would reopen on Friday with a few changes in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The park's delayed opening was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and officials with the park said visitors to the park are going to have some new guidelines to follow to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe.

"Much will be different at Coney Island in 2020, but what hasn’t changed is our dedication to safety, families, and fun,” Rob Schutter, president of Coney Island, said.

Some of the changes include limiting the park's total attendance for each day to help ensure social distancing, moving daily ticket sales totally online and all tables and cooler racks being removed from the park's picnic areas for the 2020 season.

Other changes include the postponement of international fireworks competition Fire Up The Night and the LaRosa's Balloon Glow until 2021. The opening of Coney island's new Challenge Zone will also be postponed until 2021.

However, because of the delayed opening, officials said Coney Island season passes for 2020 will be valid for the 2021 season as well at no additional charge.

Coney Island officials also said park employees will start using enhanced sanitation methods and new operating procedures to ensure guest saftey.

For a full list of COVID-19 guidelines and changes in Coney Island, click here.