SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — Visitors to a popular Indiana amusement park will have to "mask up" starting next week.
Holiday World announced Friday that the park was implementing a mask requirement under Governor Eric Holcomb's executive order mandating face masks in Indiana.
Starting Monday, July 27, guests at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus will be required to wear face coverings when entering the park and visiting indoor spaces inside the park. That includes roller coaster stations, gift shops, indoor restaurants, Pepsi Oases and restrooms.
Masks do not need to be worn by guest who are on water rides, those who are eating or drinking or in the midways, but those guests are expected to maintain a six-foot social distance from others.
Holiday World said children age 7 and under are not required to wear a mask, though it is encouraged that children ages 2-7 wear a face covering by guidance issued by the state health department.
Exceptions will also be made for guests with medical conditions.
The mask requirement is the latest safety measure the park has taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. Holiday World is still selling a limited number of tickets to keep capacity below 50% and instituted virtual "lines" for attractions, alerting guests via smartphone when it was their turn to get on a ride.
The park also pledged increased cleaning and sanitizing efforts around food and beverage stations.
Holiday World's opening was pushed back to mid-June by the pandemic. Splashin' Safari opened over the Fourth of July weekend.