Amusement parks won’t reopen next week in Virginia

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Roller Coaster fans ride the InvadR wooden roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg , Va., Friday, April 7, 2017. The coaster is the parks first coaster with wooden tracks. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg will not reopen next week when Virginia further eases restrictions on businesses and public gatherings put in place earlier this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the amusement parks say it is not economically feasible to open if only 1,000 people can be allowed in at a time.

The state’s Phase 3 reopening plan allows entertainment venues to open at 50% capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people. Kings Dominion spokeswoman Maggie Sellers says the capacity restriction does not consider the large amount of space the park has to accommodate social distancing protocols.

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