IMPORTANT UPDATE: Slides at Ocean Breeze Will NOT Be Open Under Updated Order
Dear Valued Season Passholders:
Under Governor Northam’s plan and Phase 3, which is scheduled to begin on July 1st, we were given the green light to reopen our waterpark. Our rides have been inspected and cleared by the City of Virginia Beach to open. In May, we presented our comprehensive 40-page operating plan that outlined in great detail enhanced safety measures. Hundreds of employees have been hired, trained and have been working around the clock to get Ocean Breeze ready for you!
Today, June 30, we were contacted by the Virginia Department of Health and told that they made the decision to not allow water slides to open. We were completely blindsided by this decision. There is no mention of this in the Governor’s Safer At Home Phase III Entertainment and Public Amusement, which water parks fall under. To be clear – this was a decision made at the state level. We have the complete support of health department officials in Virginia Beach. We have worked tirelessly all day to get this verdict immediately reversed – with no success.
It is inconceivable that water slides, most of which are for individuals on inner tubes travelling through chlorinated water with plenty of social distancing, would not be allowed! This statement from the CDC is actually featured on the Forward Virginia web page: “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”
Beaches are open, Playgrounds at parks are open, Go Karts can operate at FECs, Coasters are allowed to operate at theme parks. Again, we were absolutely stunned by this last -minute notice from the Health Department and can see no justification for this addendum.
While we try to work through the politics and confusion, I must once again ask for your continued patience and support. Please know that our staff is also devastated by this decision by the state. We will be opening our wave pool, Adventure River, activity pool, and Jungle Falls river tomorrow and Thursday for your relaxation and enjoyment. The tipping bucket and Little Amazon lazy river will be open for children. Plus, we’ll have the music playing, and plenty of good food and drinks. You will be able to process your season pass while enjoying some fun in the great outdoors. We are so excited to welcome you back!
I also want you to know that we are truly sorry for this delay. Regardless of how unfair this temporary mandate from the Health Department may be, we will work to make it right for our passholders. Season passes will be extended into 2021 for the number of days our slides are closed. As soon as we know when we can open our water slides, we will let you know.
P.S. Due to temporary capacity limitations issued in Phase III, be sure to check our social media before visiting for the latest updates. Guests renting a cabana or VIP seating will be guaranteed entry.