Coney Island finally reopening after COVID-19 closure

Coney Island finally reopening after COVID-19 closure

**** Please visit the themeparks official websites for their latest guidelines and openings ****

Coney Island’s amusement parks are set to finally reopen to visitors Friday — after being closed all last season because of the pandemic.

Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park will open at 33 percent capacity, as per state guidelines.

“The Coney Island amusement rides are synonymous with summer in Brooklyn, and their closure last year was a painful blow for all of us,” Borough President Eric Adams said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to see the amusement district come back better than ever, which will revitalize the local economy and allow visitors to enjoy the unique attractions with their friends and families.’’

One hundred front-line workers — including hospital employees and police and firefighters — will get a free spin on the Wonder Wheel to mark the occasion, opening-day organizers said.

Coney Island’s amusement parks were closed all last season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Paul Martinka

The traditional “blessing of the rides” will kick things off on the boardwalk at 10 a.m., followed by an “egg cream christening” of the Cyclone roller coaster at 11 a.m.

Cash-strapped business operators at the amusement site had been begging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for months to allow them to reopen, at least at limited capacity.

People walk on the Coney Island boardwalk.Paul Martinka

The governor in February finally agreed to allow amusement centers in the state to reopen to smaller crowds.

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