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Canada's Wonderland 'disappointed' with province's decision

Last Updated Aug 6, 2020 at 2:57 pm EDT

The entrance of Canada's Wonderland.

Canada’s Wonderland says it is “disappointed to hear that we still haven’t received approval to open” in response to a decision by the Ford government to prevent it from reopening.

On Wednesday, Ontario Minister of Heritage, Tourism and Sport, Lisa MacLeod said that health officials believe it’s not yet time to reopen theme parks or water parks.

“The chief medical officer of health has advised our government, and we have accepted his science, that theme parks and water parks of those nature still pose a significant threat as a result of COVID-19 and therefore will not be able to open at this time,” she said.

A Wonderland spokesperson expressed frustration saying, “on several occasions, our park has submitted to the Ontario government a comprehensive reopening plan, featuring physical distancing, capacity controls and stringent health, safety and hygiene protocols that meet or exceed all requirements set forth by the Ontario government for businesses to open.”

The parks reopening plan includes the use of reservations, temperature checks, mandatory face coverings and encouraging park goers to wash their hands every 20 minutes.

Wonderland tells 680 NEWS that its still working with the government and stands ready to open when it gets the green light, but the water park will remain closed this year.