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Six Flags Great America Opens Saturday Morning After Closure Due to COVID

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Six Flags Great America will open its doors to the Chicago area Saturday morning following a long closure to due the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced, after receiving approval from Gov. J.B. Pritzker last month.

According to Six Flags officials, the theme park will open to the public at 10:30 a.m., with a slew of health and safety restrictions in place to help keep guests safe as the state continues to work towards ending the coronavirus pandemic.

The park was unable to open its famous rollercoasters to the public last year due to the pandemic, and officials are eager to get thrill-seekers back through the gates at the Gurnee facility.

“Six Flags Great America is a beloved summer tradition for many, and we are excited to open our park and get our world-class collection of thrills running again”, said Six Flags Great America Park President Hank Salemi. “Our team is eager to welcome back our guests in a safe environment, providing the much-needed fun we have all missed this past year.”

The company announced that reservations will be required to enter the theme park, allowing for staggered arrival times and social distancing. Reservations can be made here.

All guests and employees will also be required to go through temperature screenings upon entering the park. Individuals will be required to acknowledge that they have not been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, and that they are not currently experiencing symptoms of the virus.

All guests over the age of two will be required to wear masks during their visit, including while on rides at the park.

Hurricane Harbor announced the attraction will open independently from Six Flags Great America this spring, with plans to open its doors to Chicago and Rockford May 29.

The waterpark will provide its own entry gate separate from Six Flags in Gurnee to allow for guests to choose which theme park to attend, according to a release.

Beginning Friday, guests can purchase tickets and make reservations for Hurricane Harbor Chicago starting at $39.99. Click here to book.

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