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Editor’s note: Gatlinburg SkyLift Park has pushed up their opening date to May 22 and has updated some of their policies following the original publication of this article. Please see our latest updates on SkyLift Park’s reopening for the latest information.
Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park, home of the famous SkyBridge announced Friday that they will be reopening to the general public on May 29.
“We are very excited to welcome guests back to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park to enjoy the outdoors, fresh mountain air, and mountain views,” reads a press release on the website.
“Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our guests, employees, and community, and we have made changes to our operations to support this goal and follow the Tennessee Pledge to reopen businesses responsibly.”
Among the many health and safety measures SkyLift Park is putting in place will be the requirement that all guests over the age of two wear some form of a facial covering. Face coverings will be made available to guests who do not have them.
“We are taking this step in following the CDC recommendation of the use of face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, which is the case on the SkyBridge and other areas within the SkyLift Park. We know some of our guests may find this inconvenient or disagree with our policy, but we believe it is the right thing to do under the current circumstances.”
The park is also asking guests to:
- Be patient and follow instructions while purchasing tickets and loading the SkyLift as they have adjusted their procedures to allow greater spacing between guests.
- Purchase tickets at the base of the SkyLift, and use credit and debit cards as online purchases will not be available.
- Be respectful of other guests’ personal space and practice social distancing with six-foot separations whenever possible.
- Limit your visit to one hour to help maintain the flow of guests throughout the park.
SkyLift Park is also committing to the following social distancing and sanitization standards including:
- Controlling the number of guests allowed into the SkyLift Park to allow for greater spacing.
- Cleaning and sanitizing of SkyLift chairs every two hours.
- Cleaning handrails on the SkyDeck and SkyBridge as well as other surfaces and touch points within the SkyCenter multiple times daily.
- Requiring all employees to wear face coverings and using applicable Personal Protective Equipment.
- Train all employees in COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, including having their temperature taken before each shift.
- Installing glass shields at all ticket sales points.
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