Schlitterbahn to reopen June 13, new safety measures added

A rendering shows the new color schemes at Blastenhoff Tower. (Courtesy Schlitterbahn)
A rendering shows the new color schemes at Blastenhoff Tower. (Courtesy Schlitterbahn)

A rendering shows the new color schemes at Blastenhoff Tower. (Courtesy Schlitterbahn)

Schlitterbahn's season pass holders will be the first to give new health, safety and hygiene protocols a test ride when the water park reopens June 13.

According to a press release issued by Schlitterbahn on Tuesday, the first two weeks will be reserved for an exclusive passholder preview.

The park will have a limited capacity and hours of operation. While the release did not provide a specific guest count, state regulations limit the park to 25% of its normal capacity.

“As a true Texas tradition, we’re excited to welcome back our guests and associates to a healthy environment where safety is the highest priority," said Schlitterbahn New Braunfels General Manager Darren Hill in the press release. "We’re ready to have fun again with enhanced safety measures and operational procedures implemented throughout both of our waterparks and resort properties that align with CDC guidance and are informed by our internal and industry health and safety experts."

Guests will be required to use an online reservation system that allows the park to track its occupancy level. The following protocols have also be in effect:

  • A pre-visit health screening declaration must be completed 24 hours before arrival.

  • A Touch-free temperature screening will be performed upon arrival.

  • Guests must wear a mask when they arrive and in designated areas. All associates must wear a mask while in the park.

  • Social distancing markers throughout the park must be observed, including lines for rides

  • Guest and associate contact is limited.

  • "Enhanced" cleaning features such as deep cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, dining facilities and other busy areas have been added.

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are available.

Only season passes are currently available for purchase but daily admission guests will be able to visit the park near the end of June.

Closed since March, park management has extended 2020 season passes through 2021. Additional guest information is available on Schlitterbahn's website.

This would have been Schlitterbahn's first full season under new ownership by Cedar Fair Entertainment Group, which invested in numerous improvements to the park before it briefly opened earlier this year.

The Resort at Schlitterbahn has been open through the pandemic and was partnered with the city of New Braunfels to house any essential employees and first responders that may have needed to quarantine away from their families.

Schlitterbahn is hiring across all its departments for positions such as lifeguards and resort, food and operations staff.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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