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SeaWorld Entertainment lays off 242 employees in San Antonio

Sep. 9, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Theme park company SeaWorld Entertainment is laying off nearly 250 employees at parks in San Antonio in the wake of declining attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 242 people will be let go from the company, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. All full-time...

In this photo made on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, visitors ride the Wave Swinger in the

Virus still throwing theme park attendance for a loop

Sep. 7, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Theme park operators who spent months installing hand sanitizing stations, figuring out how to disinfect roller coasters seats and checking the temperatures of guests at their gates so they'd come back in the midst of the pandemic are finding many reluctant to return. Some parks have...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., heir status amid the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer says gyms can reopen after 5 1/2 months of closure and organized sports can resume if masks are worn. She lifted some coronavirus restrictions Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, that lasted longer in Michigan than in many other states. The order, effective next Wednesday, allows for reopening fitness centers and indoor pools in remaining regions that hold 93% of Michigan's population.(Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer: Gyms can open; contact sports resume, but unadvised

Sep. 3, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that gyms can reopen after 5 1/2 months of closure and additional organized sports can resume if masks are worn — lifting some coronavirus restrictions that lasted longer in Michigan than in many states. The order, which takes effect...

No more splish-splash at Aquaboggan, which abruptly closed

Aug. 31, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — Aquaboggan Water Park says “strict and inconsistent state regulations” have forced it to close for the season. Park officials contend an update to Maine coronavirus safety guidelines reduced the number of people allowed in the park from 1,500 to 100. Police showed up Friday...

Arizona, once a virus hotspot, approaches 5,000 deaths

Aug. 28, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The number of deaths from the coronavirus in Arizona is approaching 5,000, even as the state reports lower daily cases and hospitalizations from the virus. Officials reported 519 additional cases and 49 deaths from the virus on Friday. In all, 200,658 cases and 4,978 deaths have been...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo Arizona Department of Health Service Director Dr. Cara Christ speaks about the latest Arizona coronavirus data at a news conference in Phoenix. The fight over whether Phoenix-area gyms, bars, movie theaters and water parks can reopen could be a moot point by Thursday, Aug. 27, if Maricopa County's downward trend in coronavirus cases holds. Christ said she expects the county will hit levels for

Gyms, some bars in Phoenix, Tucson open as virus cases ebb

Aug. 27, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gyms and some bars across metro Phoenix and Tucson were allowed to reopen Thursday as coronavirus transmission numbers in several Arizona counties dropped to moderate levels that let the businesses restart with capacity limits. Maricopa and Pima counties, the state's two most populous, fell...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo Arizona Department of Health Service Director Dr. Cara Christ speaks about the latest Arizona coronavirus data at a news conference in Phoenix. The fight over whether Phoenix-area gyms, bars, movie theaters and water parks can reopen could be a moot point by Thursday, Aug. 27, if Maricopa County's downward trend in coronavirus cases holds. Christ said she expects the county will hit levels for

More Arizona counties could see gyms, nightclubs reopen

Aug. 25, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The fight over whether Phoenix-area gyms, bars, movie theaters and water parks can reopen could be a moot point by Thursday if Maricopa County’s downward trend in coronavirus cases holds, the state’s top health officer said. Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Department of Health...

This image made from an Aug 3, 2020 video shows crowd gather in a pool as they watch performers on a stage at Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park in Wuhan, central China. For more than two months, the 11 million residents of Wuhan endured a strict lockdown as coronavirus raced around the city. Now, some are letting loose en masse at rocking nighttime pool parties at the popular amusement park chain. The park reopened in late June, and the crowds have picked up in August. (anonymous photo via AP)

Wuhan pool parties bring post-coronavirus relief in China

Aug. 19, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — For more than two months, the 11 million residents of Wuhan endured a strict lockdown as coronavirus raced around the city in central China. Now, some are letting loose en masse at rocking nighttime pool parties at a popular amusement park chain. The Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park reopened in...

Scottsdale police identify man who died in water slide pipe

Aug. 18, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A homeless man was the person who died after getting stuck in a pipe at a Scottsdale aquatic center, authorities said. Scottsdale police identified the victim Tuesday as 31-year-old Ryan Kelly. They said an officer on patrol heard faint calls for help early Monday morning. After a...

Man dies in Scottsdale water slide’s support structure

Aug. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

Police say a 32-year-old homeless man has died after getting trapped inside the support structure for a water slide at a Scottsdale park. Scottsdale police spokesman Officer Kevin Watts said an officer heard someone calling out for help early Monday morning at the Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center. Authorities...