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SeaWorld San Diego Reopens Following Stay-at-Home Order Lift

A visitor wearing a face mask looks at dolphins at SeaWorld San Diego.
SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld will reopen Saturday after more than two months of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the stay-at-home order last month allowing museums and aquariums to reopen outdoor only. SeaWorld will operate with state safety guidelines for zoos.

"We look forward to welcoming our guests back to our park for fun, safe and memorable experiences. Rides and other attractions may not be available upon reopening. We are monitoring this evolving COVID-19 situation closely and coordinating with public health officials," SeaWorld states on its website.

Guests will be required to make a reservation prior to visiting the park, SeaWorld said. Guests with existing tickets, Fun Cards or Annual Passes must make a reservation using the system. Guests who purchase a date-specific single-day ticket won't need to use the reservation system.

For further details about reservations, click here.

Because the park will be reopening with state safety guidelines for zoos, all coasters and rides including Skytower, Bayside Skyride and Sesame Street bay of Play children's area will remain temporarily closed, according to its website.

Animal exhibits and presentations will be available.

Credit: SeaWorld San Diego

Restaurants across the parks will include arranged seating layouts to accommodate physical distancing. According to SeaWorld, tables and chairs will be sanitized with increased frequency, condiment and topping stations will be closed, utensils will be pre-packaged, and guests with refillable products will be provided single-use alternatives. Also, buffet-style service areas will be adjusted or closed until further notice.

SeaWorld San Diego joins the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park among other local attractions announcing their return.

For further details on reopening guidelines, click here.

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