Seaworld Opening Rides, Extending Hours And Hiring Back Staff
Monday, April 12, 2021
Photo by Guillermo Sevilla
In a sign that San Diego's economy is bouncing back, SeaWorld San Diego reopened rides and attractions on Monday after more than a year of closures.
"We’re very hopeful that things are moving in the right direction," said Corrine Brindley, SeaWorld San Diego's vice president.
Brindley said it took a lot of work to get to this point. All the rides closed in March of last year, and it was not until this February when they started operating again as a zoo, opening their animal displays.
"And at that point we could demonstrate that we can keep people six feet apart, we can require people to wear their masks, we have a lot of plexiglass and special barriers in place," she said.
Now that San Diego County is in the state’s orange reopening tier the park can open at 25% capacity. In addition to masking and social distancing, state officials want everyone who visits SeaWorld to be a California resident.
"When you make that reservation — because reservations are required — then you will attest at that point that you are in fact from California," Brindley said.
Not everyone at the park Monday was a state resident.
Some people said they were visiting from places like Arizona. Officials recognize it is up to individuals to be responsible and are hoping people will be honest when buying tickets. For now, that restriction does not go away until the tier system goes away on June 15.
SeaWorld laid off 95% of their staff when the pandemic first hit. Now with rides opening, they are extending park hours and are currently filling open positions.
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