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Rides are finally back open, and so are the smiles, at the Denver amusement park.
- On the other side of Colorado making a comeback, Elitch's is open for people with season passes. Some restrictions are still in place. And our Justin Adams was there as doors fully reopened for fun.
JUSTIN ADAMS: Rides are finally back, and so are the smiles at Elitch Gardens.
- Feels great. We've been in the house so long. The weather's great. It's a nice day for it. And it's just a lot of fun.
JUSTIN ADAMS: Season pass holders were able to go through the turnstiles and get on their favorite ride, but there are several changes to the amusement park.
- We have social distancing measures in queue lines on rides. So you'll see six-feet markers on the rails, as opposed to on the ground in most places.
JUSTIN ADAMS: The rides are sprayed and wiped down after every cycle. Masks are mandatory. As 3,200 guests are allowed in the park at once. This comes out to about 18% of capacity. Here's how they will keep track of that number.
- We have a technology system at the front that scans tickets and season passes, that keeps track of how many people are here. And then we have a scanner on the way out, that keeps track of the guests that are exiting. So we constantly have a number of how many people are in the park at one time, and then how many people have been here all day.
JUSTIN ADAMS: The hope is that the capacity limit will continue to grow, allowing more people to enjoy a day of summer at the park.
- I just hope that everyone just kind of brings smiles back to people's faces, and the excitement of summer.
JUSTIN ADAMS: The grand opening for Elitch Gardens will be next Saturday for the general public. And you have until May 23 to reserve your ticket. Also, they're hiring for jobs as well. You have to be 16 and older, but jobs are starting at $14.77, and they need over 1,000 people to come here and work at Elitch Gardens. In Denver, Justin Adams, covering Colorado first.