Kings Island has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Health, and the Warren County Health District.
Kings Island Amusement Park has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Health, and the Warren County Health District. The lawsuit claims Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, lacks the authority to order the restrictions preventing amusement parks like Kings Island from opening.
The amusement park had been scheduled to open on April 11, but like other entertainment venues has remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine announced yesterday that other entertainment facilities could reopen beginning June 10, including museums, movie theaters and recreation centers, but it remains unclear when state officials will allow amusement parks to reopen.
Richard Zimmerman, CEO of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which operates Kings Island said in a statement they anticipate and expect having the same opportunity granted to other businesses in Ohio to operate the park in a safe and manageable environment.
"As professional amusement park operators with an exemplary safety record, we are experts at managing risks and following protocols." said Zimmerman. "The protocols we have developed to reopen our parks are in accordance with governmental and CDC directives, Erie County and Warren County Health Departments, medical professionals, Ohio’s Development Services Agency (DSA) and industry best practices. They are specifically responsive to the COVID-19 crisis."