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Kings Dominion has updated guidance regarding mask wearing

Dominator, a B&M floorless coaster, located at Kings Dominion (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

DOSWELL — Less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance regarding mask-wearing for fully vaccinated individuals, Kings Dominion,  has joined the host of entertainment establishments to issue its own guidance to future guests.

When the park opens its gates for the summer season on May 22, guests who are fully vaccinated or under the age of five will not be required to wear face masks while visiting the park. It is unclear whether or not Kings Dominion will require proof of vaccination status when entering the gate.

On Friday, May 14, Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced that guests to it and its sister water park, Water County USA, will no longer be required to wear facial coverings if they are fully vaccinated. However, the parks will not require proof of vaccination record, essentially putting guests on the “honor system.”

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Unlike Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion will still require that guests answer a series of questions regarding symptoms associated with COVID-19 prior to being allowed entrance into its park.

While visiting Kings Dominion, located at 16000 Theme Park Way in Doswell, guests, regardless of vaccination status, will not have to wear facial coverings outdoors on water attractions, while in Soak City Waterpark, or in RelaxZones, and while actively eating or drinking.

It is important to note that those who are not fully vaccinated or ineligible for a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to observe facial covering and other pandemic-related safety protocols. Additionally, persons who have immunocompromising conditions or are on medications rendering them immunocompromised must speak to their physician prior to “de-masking.” These same protocols apply to those who either live with or are frequently in contact with an individual who is ineligible for the vaccination or are not considered fully vaccinated.

There are three COVID-19 vaccines available. A person is considered fully vaccinated after two weeks of receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks following the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was recently approved by the CDC after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for adolescents between 12-15 years old.

To find out more information as to Kings Dominion’s policy for safely reopening, visit their website by clicking here.

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