Queensland’s borders may be shuttered but Gold Coast theme parks will open in time for the state’s school holidays with strict coronavirus safety measures to protect visitors and staff.
Sea World and Paradise Country on the Gold Coast will open to the public on June 26 while the Australian Outback Spectacular will reopen on July 3.
Movie World and Wet’n’Wild are looking to reopen on July 15, five days after stage three restrictions are triggered in Queensland.
However, Dreamworld has yet to specify its return although SkyPoint Observation Deck and Climb will start taking visitors on July 10.
The announcement comes as a Gold Coast woman in her 30s tested positive for coronavirus overnight, taking the state’s total to 1066. There are five active cases remaining.
Roadshow says staff will be on hand to provide extra cleaning on rides and around the parks which will remain as contactless as possible.
Guests will need to adhere to 1.5-metre physical distancing throughout all parks and venues.
The dates for the staged re-opening of Dreamworld and WhiteWater World will be confirmed in coming weeks, says Ardent Leisure’s John Osborne.
He said their COVID SAFE plan affords them 50 per cent capacity.
“If the current COVID-19 trends continue, we hope to able to operate at full capacity in time for the busy September holiday season,” he said.
The delay in reopening is that Ardent Leisure does “not compromise the safety” and visitors or staff and safety checks are undertaken before rides are attractions are recommissioned.