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Valleyfair will stay closed throughout 2020 season due to COVID-19

The Shakopee theme park will not open this year.

Valleyfair has announced that it will stay closed for the rest of 2020 due to the ongoing "challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic."

The Shakopee theme park says that it's taken the decision due to the "diminishing number" of days in its 2020 season, as well as few signs from state leaders as to when it could possibly reopen.

It comes in the same week that another Minnesota theme park, the indoor Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, announced that it will be reopening but with capacity limited to 250.

Valleyfair says it will work with public health officials with a view to reopening safely in 2021.

"We are disappointed that we are unable to welcome our guests back to the park this season,” said Raul Rehnborg, Valleyfair’s General Manager and Vice President. 

"The safety of our guests and associates is always our top priority. Although we have done our due diligence in developing a comprehensive safety plan in accordance with industry and public health standards, the continued uncertainty in our region brought by COVID-19 has led us to the difficult yet responsible decision to keep the park closed for the rest of the year.

"We look forward to a great 2021 season with rides, attractions, and entertainment for the whole family. We thank our guests and associates for their continued loyalty and support during this challenging time."

In 2021, the theme park says it'll host a special Peanuts celebration in honor of the cartoons by Minnesota's Charles Schulz, and open its new Lakeshore Landing event space, and a new "Corn Cart" building were visitors can watch corn roasting and popping.

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