Syracuse, NY – Six Flags Darien Lake has announced that it will reopen this spring, following an announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, to allow New York amusement parks to reopen.
“We are grateful and excited about the reopening guidelines that Governor Cuomo announced today,” said a statement from the park. “Six Flags Darien Lake is preparing to reopen this spring with a comprehensive security plan to protect our guests and team members. We look forward to welcoming the Western New York Community back to the park. “
Located between Buffalo and Rochester, the resort features seven roller coasters, dozen family rides, the area’s largest water park and restaurants, and a 20,000-seat amphitheater operated by Live Nation. It also has a full-service hotel, plus RV and tent campsites.
Indoor family entertainment centers in New York can reopen on March 26, and outdoor amusement parks can follow on April 9, lifting the order to shut down the state’s coronavirus, according to Cuomo.
Indoor centers are limited to 25% of capacity. Outdoor amusement parks are limited to 33% of capacity. Indoor and outdoor areas require face covering, social distancing, temperature controls, and cleaning.
Amusement facilities have been closed by order of the state since last year to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Cuomo’s announcement is also likely to affect the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse, which is home to several entertainment centers that have been closed or partially closed for months due to the pandemic.
Dave & Buster’s, an arcade, sports bar and restaurant, will reopen its locations in Destiny USA and elsewhere in New York “as soon as the governor decides allows it,” said Pete Thornfield, vice president of the company.
“We’ll open safely and comply with all state and local guidelines,” he said in an email to syracuse.com | The post standard.
Earlier this month, Dave & Buster sued Cuomo, claiming they made an arbitrary and unconstitutional decision in reopening casinos and bowling alleys during the pandemic but forcing the arcades to remain closed. The company said Cuomo’s decision created unnecessary trouble for the chain.
One of the largest amusement centers in Destiny is Apex Entertainment, a 55,000 square foot facility with bowling alleys, an arcade, laser control, and restaurants. Rob Luzzi, community relations manager at Apex, said the company is waiting for more information from the state before deciding to reopen.
“We are encouraged by the news,” he said. “But we really need to take a closer look at the entire publication.”
Apex, along with the rest of the mall, was closed in March on orders from Cuomo at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The mall reopened in July. Apex reopened with limited hours in early October, but closed indefinitely in late November after Onondaga County officials fined three $ 1,000 fines on three consecutive days for alleged Covid policy violations.
Quotes included more than four people at a table and customers playing laser tag and arcade games.
Luzzi said the company needed to be clarified by the state as to whether it could reopen all parts of the facility. For example, if the arcade center fails to reopen, Apex can choose not to reopen as the arcade generates 40% of its revenue, he said.
“We just want to make sure everything is fully accessible to our guests when we open,” he said.
Billy Beez and WonderWorks representatives at Destiny USA could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. Billy Beez, an indoor playground, is currently closed. The high ropes course at WonderWorks is open, but its science exhibits and laser tags are closed.
Jon Page, owner of the new Three Lives arcade bar in Armory Square, immediately called the state liquor authority on Wednesday after Cuomo’s announcement. He hopes to be able to fully open on March 26th.
Page opened the bar / arcade / restaurant in August. The Liquor Authority stopped playing three hours after the game began. They have been serving food and drinks ever since.
Page said the entire shutdown was poorly handled. If the intent was to prevent large crowds, the size of the room should have been taken into account as part of the decision to end the game, he said.
He believes Cuomo’s change of heart was due to pressure from companies like Dave & Buster to prove that their locations in other states are safe. He said he was grateful for their work and standing up for arcade / bar trade associations.
“I think it was all just some kind of trick,” he said.
The Cascades Indoor Waterpark at the Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland opened its wave pool and other pools this winter. However, the slides, hot tubs, and splash water are closed.
Drew Broderick, vice president of marketing at Greek Peak, said the resort is waiting for more details on Cuomo’s announcement but is hoping to reopen all features of the water park.
“If he says it’s okay, we’ll definitely open the water slides,” she said.
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