Ohio Governor Mike DeWine confirmed that amusement parks in the state, including Kings Island, Cedar Point and Coney Island, can reopen as soon as June 19.
Kings Island and Cedar Point, which are owned by Cedar Fair, filed lawsuits against DeWine’s administration on Thursday (June 4).
However, DeWine said that the lawsuits had nothing to do with his decision to reopen theme parks in Ohio (via USA Today).
“They should have saved their money (spent) on lawyers,” DeWine said. “I told them a week ago that we would have an answer today, and that’s what we did.”
Kings Island and Cedar Point filed lawsuits
In addition, water parks, casinos and racinos can reopen in Ohio as soon as June 28. However, there will be restrictions in place in light of COVID-19.
On reopening without restrictions, DeWine said: “To do that in the midst of this pandemic makes absolutely no sense.
“It would not be the right thing to do. Frankly, to do that would be an abandonment of the duty I have as your governor.”
Kings Island and Cedar Point released a statement from Richard Zimmerman, CEO of Cedar Fair, regarding the announcement by Governor DeWine.
Cedar Fair CEO confirms reopening clearance
“As a result of ongoing discussions with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. John Husted, we are very pleased to announce that our Ohio parks, including Cedar Point and Kings Island, have been cleared to reopen,” he said.
“We will provide specific opening dates just as soon as we confirm details with the governor. We appreciate the cooperation and support of all those that are working hard to help us and the state of Ohio reopen.”
“More details about our safety measures and what to expect when visiting our Ohio parks will be released closer to the opening date,” added Zimmerman.