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New England amusement parks set to open this weekend

Six Flags New England in Agawam will welcome guests without reservations starting Saturday.
Six Flags New England in Agawam will welcome guests without reservations starting Saturday.

New Englanders will be able to visit their favorite amusement parks once again this weekend.

Canobie Lake Park, Story Land, both based in New Hampshire, and Funtown Splashtown USA, in Maine, will officially be open for business on Saturday, the parks said in separate statements on Facebook.

Six Flags New England will also start allowing customers into its park in Agawam without a reservation starting on Saturday, the company said on its website. The park also said that people should assess their risk for COVID-19 entering the park.

“By coming to the park, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance,” Six Flags said on its website.

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Canobie Lake Park is also requiring guests to register their visit in advance and are strongly recommending they follow New Hampshire’s universal best practises for health and safety, which include social distancing and wearing masks both indoors and outside, according to their website.

“Where there will be some limits to capacity in 2021 to ensure that open space is available for proper social distancing, we are requiring an advance reservation for each guest wishing to attend,” Canobie Lake Park’s website said.

“Please note that depending on weather, time of year, day of week, and limitations on capacity, we still may sell out on certain days in 2021. We suggest securing your reservation at least a few days in advance (possibly more on summer weekends),” Canobie Lake Park said.

Story Land also has a warning on its website about the dangers of COVID-19 as well.

“While we are committed to enhanced standards in an effort to keep you as healthy and safe as possible, we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed,” the statement said.

Funtown Splashtown said in a statement on its website that the park is delighted that Maine Governor Janet Mills recently removed most of the outdoor COVID-19 mandates. Guests will still be required to wear face coverings when entering retail and food areas, when riding the ASTROSPHERE or entering the arcades.

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“There will be hand sanitizer dispensers located at the majority of rides, as well as throughout the park, and guests should use these as desired,” the statement said.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.