Busch Gardens says new Virginia COVID-19 orders do not affect theme park guidance

Posted at 4:51 PM, Nov 13, 2020

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Busch Gardens staff gave News 3 an update on Friday after Gov. Northam announced new COVID-19 restrictions for Virginia.

The staff member said the new orders do not affect the new theme park guidance that was issued last week.

The holiday season is popular for the theme park. This year, they have an all-new special event called the Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration. The limited capacity outdoor holiday event will be held on select dates from November 13 - January 3.

The park is increasing its capacity in time for the Christmas Celebration.

The spokesperson provided News 3 with the following statement:

"We are excited for the opportunity to safely increase our park’s capacity in time for this year’s Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration event running from November 13 to January3. This important change increases the availability of reservations for our guests to provide more opportunities to safely visit the park’s expansive outdoors grounds to celebrate the holiday season with us. We look forward to continuing to create fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while creating a safe environment through enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, face covering requirements, temperature checking, social distancing and capacity limitations."
Cindy Sarko, Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration will feature Christmas lights and decorations, festive foods, live seasonal music, 15 fan-favorite roller coasters, attractions, plus abundant shopping.

On Friday, Northam announced that starting at midnight on Sunday November 15, the restriction on gatherings will now drop from 250 to 25 people. All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.

Busch Gardens said they continue to enforce their mask and social distancing policies and have temperature checks for all guests and ambassadors.

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