Six Flags announces plans to reopen amusement parks for 2021 season, hire seasonal workers

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COVID-19 is still with us, but one summertime amusement park hopes to provide all the thrills with a lot of safety thrown in.

Six Flags is planning to open all 26 of its amusement parks and water parks for the 2021 summer season.

Per CNN, this includes five parks that were not able to operate last year due to the pandemic.

"Our guests and team members are ready for the return of fun and signature Six Flags thrills in 2021," Bonnie Weber, senior vice president of Park Operations, said in the release.

"Last year, we set the standard for operating our parks safely, and entertained millions of guests in adherence to government, and CDC health guidelines at 21 of our 26 parks. We offered a local and outdoor entertainment venue spanning dozens to hundreds of acres where families and friends could safely spend time together."

The company is working with state and local officials to set firm reopening dates for many of its parks.

In Illinois, Great America is targeting April 24 as opening day, if state officials approve, with May 29 as the opening for its two Hurricane Harbor water parks in Gurnee and Rockford.

Communications and Marketing Manager Caitlin Kepple says Six Flags is looking to hire 4,000 seasonal workers, too.

”We have a little something for everyone. We have ride operators. We have lifeguards. We have food and beverage team members. We also have ‘clean team’ members,” she said Friday.

The parks are looking for everyone from teenagers looking for summer jobs to retirees who want to stay engaged in the community.

Six Flags is still working with the state on COVID safety guidelines that include cleaning protocols for rides, Kepple said.

The company plans to work with epidemiologists to create a plan that "meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines for sanitization, hygiene, and social distancing protocols."

Protocols include seating people only with the party they came with.

Guests and workers will also all be required to wear masks and physically distance in the 300-acre theme park, she said.

Kepple says there will be plenty of hand sanitizers throughout the parks and limited capacity in retail locations.

People interested in the seasonal jobs may apply at Pay starts at $11 per hour.

Six Flags locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada are hiring, according to a news release.

As other locations aim to solidify opening dates, Six Flags Over Texas in Dallas-Fort Worth and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio have been open on weekends in February, but were forced to close recently due to the brutal winter storm.

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