Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, has reduced its operating hours and will be closed during the week starting in mid-August. Like most parks in the U.S. it is experiencing low attendance because of the pandemic. It has also had staff shortages.
According to park spokesperson Tony Clark, “Cedar Point is adjusting its operating hours to better align the park operation with the needs of our guests during the pandemic.”
Beginning August 17, the park will be open weekends only through September 7. Currently the park operates daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The park has discontinued its advanced reservation system, another indication that attendance was below expectations. It had developed a detailed plan designed to keep guests and employees safe, including limits on the number of people who could come. But those capacity limits turned out to be unnecessary. Previously, the park had postponed their planned 150th Anniversary celebration and their new attraction, the Snake River Expedition, a riverboat ride, to 2021.
Kings Island, another Ohio-based Cedar Fair park, also announced reduced hours, starting in mid-August.