NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Schlitterbahn's two Texas waterparks in New Braunfels and Galveston are set to reopen soon after Gov. Greg Abbott added waterparks to his reopening plans.
Schlitterbahn announced the news on Facebook, saying their parks will be reopening in mid-June with enhanced safety measures and operational changes throughout both parks.
"The safety of our guests and associates has always been, and will always be, our top priority," the post read.
According to Gov. Abbott, water parks will be allowed to open as soon as Friday, May 29. Indoor waterparks may operate up to 25% of the total listed occupancy for the facility, and outdoor parks may operate up to 25% of the normal operating limits as determined by the operator.
Waterpark operators are required to keep closed any components of the park with interaction functions or exhibits, including child play areas, amusement and video game areas.
Waterparks, under Abbott's rules, are recommended to enforce social distancing between customers, contractors and employees, regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, disinfect any items that come into contact with visitors, make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap, and water, or similar disinfectant readily available, and consider placing signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
Waterparks that serve food are also recommended to enforce social distancing between parties and not allow tables of more than six people. Contactless payment is encouraged and both parties are encouraged to wash/sanitize hands after payment.
The additions to Phase 2 also allow recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls to begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations.
Minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are recommended and located on the Open Texas webpage.
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