Lake Compounce kicks off reopening to general public


BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — The rides are up and running at Lake Compounce, but summer fun looks a little different this year.

The amusement park reopened to the general public on Monday with precautions put in place to make sure guests and staff stay safe.

“The biggest change is facial coverings; guests and staff are required to wear them at all times, except while eating, drinking or on a water slide,” said Amy Thomas, Dir. of Marketing for Lake Compounce. “We’re also increasing the frequency of our cleaning by a lot. You’ll see our clean teams here out cleaning everything.”

Lake Compounce has been open to season pass holders for a week, so for many, Monday was their first day back at the park.

“I love it,” said Gaetano Chiurillo, who was visiting with his family. “It’s a nice atmosphere and everything seems to be up and running so we’re having a good time.”

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Rides that don’t allow for social distancing, like bumper cars, will not open this season.

High touch areas are being cleaned according to CDC guidelines. There are also plenty of reminders around the park: social distance markers, signs and hand sanitizer every step of the way. 

“We’ve added 150 hand sanitizing stations around the park,” said Thomas. “At every ride, guests will be asked to hand sanitize to keep it safe for the next person.”

Lake Compounce is operating at 25% capacity. The park is also operating on limited hours from open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day right now. Additionally, guests have to buy tickets ahead of time and RSVP for the day they want to come to the park, which can be done online.

Visitors must also have their temperatures checked before entering.

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