Kings Island new protocols: Masks required only on indoor rides, temperature checks nixed

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MASON, Ohio (WLWT) — Masks are no longer required when outdoors at Kings Island, a change from the Mason, Ohio, amusement park’s 2020 COVID-19 policy.

Park officials confirm there are several changes to its safety policy for the 2021 season. Among those is the policy on face masks.

Guests aged 10 years and older are required to wear face coverings while indoors at the park, unless actively eating and drinking, the new guidance states.

Face coverings are not required outdoors unless it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Face coverings are still recommended for outdoor rides, but are required for indoor rides.

Other changes for the 2021 season include:

  • Reservations will only be required for visiting Soak City Water Park. Both season pass holders and single day ticket holders will need reservations for Soak City.
  • Temperature checks for guests have been discontinued at the front gate.
  • The health screen questionnaire will be conducted by associates at the front gate and will not be conducted through the Kings Island mobile app.
  • There will be no limitations to ride capacity for most rides.

The park will open its gates to gold and platinum season pass holders on May 8. It will open to the general public on May 15. Soak City Water Park will open on May 29.

View the full 2021 calendar here

All 2020 season passes will be honored during the 2021 season after the park had to close last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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