Amusement and theme parks

In this photo taken Saturday, June 27, 2020, medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvale in Phoenix for free COVID-19 tests organized by Equality Health Foundation, which focuses on care in underserved communities. Arizona's Republican governor shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks Monday, June 29, and leaders in several states ordered residents to wear masks in public in a dramatic course reversal amid an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases nationwide. (AP Photo/Matt York)
June 29, 2020 - 4:28 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey also ordered public schools to delay the start of the classes at least...
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People, social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, wait in line at a mask distribution event, Friday, June 26, 2020, in a COVID-19 hotspot of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Florida banned alcohol consumption at its bars Friday as its daily confirmed coronavirus cases neared 9,000, a new record that is almost double the previous mark set just two days ago. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 29, 2020 - 3:50 pm
Arizona's Republican governor shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks Monday and leaders in several states ordered residents to wear masks in public in a dramatic course reversal amid an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases nationwide. Among those implementing the face-covering...
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About two dozen House Republican lawmakers stand on the Louisiana Capitol steps in support of a petition that would end the state of emergency over COVID-19, on Wednesday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The lawmakers have restarted a petition effort that failed to gain enough signatures earlier in the year, hoping to end the state of emergency declared by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)
June 25, 2020 - 3:43 pm
BOISE, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little says there are too many coronavirus infections to lift additional restrictions. That means the state will remain in the fourth and final stage of his plan to reopen during the pandemic. The final stage was originally scheduled to expire Saturday. It allows gatherings...
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FILE- In this March 21, 2007 file photo, the character Brer Rabbit, from the movie, "Song of the South," is depicted near the entrance to the Splash Mountain ride in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Splash Mountain ride at Disney parks in California and Florida is being recast. Disney officials said the ride would no longer be tied to the 1946 movie, "Song of the South," which many view as racist. Instead, the revamped ride will be inspired by the 2009 Disney film, "The Princess and the Frog," which has an African-American female lead. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
June 25, 2020 - 11:46 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Amid calls to change the Splash Mountain theme park ride over its ties to “Song of the South," the 1946 movie many view as racist, Disney officials said Thursday it was recasting the ride based on “The Princess and the Frog," a 2009 Disney film with an African American female...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, visitors take photos at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Disney is proposing to reopen its Southern California theme parks in mid-July after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Disney is postponing the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state. The company announced Wednesday, June 23, 2020, an indefinite postponement for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin, File)
June 24, 2020 - 7:40 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney is postponing the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state, the company announced Wednesday. Disney had hoped to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on July 17 after a four-month...
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FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, a lone visitor enjoys the swing ride at the Yomiuriland amusement park in Tokyo,. Japan’s economy is opening cautiously, with social-distancing restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
June 19, 2020 - 4:59 am
TOKYO (AP) — The roller coasters are back running in Tokyo but with requests to not scream. Restaurants are offering more take-out and outdoor seating. Major retailer Uniqlo’s new “cool and dry” mask, three for 990 yen ($9), sold out Friday shortly after it was put on the shelves. Japan’s economy...
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FILE—In this file photo from May 23, 2020, people ride the Roller Coaster at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah. After a season break that was extended for months by COVID-19 restrictions, Utah's amusement park, Lagoon, reopened for business just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Amusement parks of all sizes are adjusting everything from selling tickets to serving meals while trying to reassure the public and government leaders that they're safe to visit amid the coronavirus crisis and warnings against large gatherings. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
June 14, 2020 - 5:56 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Hugs from Mickey Mouse are out at Walt Disney World. So is bunching up at Six Flags to snag a front-seat roller coaster ride. But the season won't be completely lost for thrill-seekers. Carefree days of sharing cotton candy on crowded midways will give way this year to...
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Women take a selfie at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Just weeks ago South Korea was celebrating its hard-won gains against the coronavirus. It was easing social distancing measures, reopening schools and promoting its tech-driven methods of fighting the spread of the virus. But the country’s success story is being threatened by a resurgence of infections in the area around Seoul where half of South Korea’s 51 million people live. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 11, 2020 - 7:59 pm
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 56 new cases of COVID-19 as the country continues to see a resurgence of the virus concentrated in the capital area. Figures released by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday brought national totals to 12,003 cases and 277...
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Patrons of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay enjoy the 200-foot dive on the SheiKra roller coaster, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Tampa. The park, owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment, has reopened to the public for the first time in almost 3 months after closing on March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
June 11, 2020 - 12:29 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two more Florida theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, opened Thursday after being closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. Both reopened their gates with new restrictions to safeguard against the spread of the virus. Reservations are now required...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. Disney is proposing to reopen its Southern California theme parks in mid-July after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said in a statement that the goal is to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on July 17. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
June 10, 2020 - 4:45 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney is proposing to reopen its Southern California theme parks in mid-July after what will be a four-month closure due to the coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said in a statement that the goal is to reopen Disneyland and...
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