Tennessee Theme Parks Given the Go-Ahead to Reopen This Week

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As the state continues to lift restrictions, Tennessee will allow theme parks to reopen later this week.

Dollywood ©Smokymountains.com

As Tennessee prepares to enter the next phase of reopening, theme parks will soon be given the green-light to resume operations.

The Tennessee governor’s office announced that the state will continue to lift restrictions on businesses and instead shift focus to social distancing practices. On Friday, Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group said that 89 of the state’s 95 counties may begin the next phase of reopening on Friday, May 22nd. The remaining six counties are to follow county-specific plans for reopening.

As reported by News 4 Nashville, large attraction guidance applies to businesses that are able to “practice social distancing with strong measures to protect employees and customers.” These businesses include amusement parks, as well as water parks, race tracks, theaters, auditoriums, and large museums.

Dollywood ©mypigeonforge.com

Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee, said that the state continues to see a downward trend of case growth, which allows them to meet the White House qualifications for reopening.  He also encouraged the continuance of safety measures such as face coverings and diligent hand washing.


While amusement parks are being given the go-ahead to reopen, it is up to each specific location to decide whether or not to resume operations immediately. For instance, the theme park Anakeesta, located in Gatlinburg, TN has confirmed that it will be reopening this week, while Dollywood, located in Pigeon Forge, TN, has yet to announce an exact reopening date.

Have you visited any theme parks in Tennessee? Let us know in the comments.

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