Amusement Park Reopening Plans FAQ

What is an Amusement Park Reopening Plan?

An amusement park reopening plan is required by the State of Florida for all amusement parks to submit to the State as it continues to implement the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan.

What businesses must submit an Amusement Park Reopening Plan?

The types of businesses that must submit an amusement park reopening plan are those businesses designated as amusement parks as per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-123.

What needs to be included in the Amusement Park Reopening Plan?

The plan must include an opening date that the park expects to resume safe operations by, the logistics on how the park will reopen by the date given, how the park will safely accommodate guests and staff, and an official endorsement from its local government.

Below are the procedures/protocols Hillsborough County will be requiring businesses to address in their reopening plans before considering an endorsement:

  • Employee Screening
  • Employee Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and Protocols
  • Employee Training
  • Customer Screening/Protocols and Signage
  • Appointment Scheduling, Entrance Queuing, and Park Social Distancing/Circulation
  • Facility Cleaning and Disinfectant Protocols (methodologies, frequencies while open and daily)
  • Equipment Cleaning and Disinfectant Protocols (methodologies, frequencies while open and daily)
  • Food Handling Procedures
  • Response, Reporting, and Disinfecting Procedures for suspected/actual COVID-19 case in a guest or staff member

Who needs to officially endorse my Amusement Park Reopening Plan?

If the park is located within Unincorporated Hillsborough County, the endorsement needs to only be from the Hillsborough County Administrator.

If the park is located within City of Tampa, City of Temple Terrace, or City of Plant City, the endorsement will need to be from the Hillsborough County Administrator and the respective city mayor.

How do I submit an Amusement Park Reopening Plan for endorsement?

You can submit the Amusement Park Reopening Plan to Eric Olsen at OlsenE@HCFLGov.net. A Word document is preferred.

What is the review and endorsement process for my Amusement Park Reopening Plan?

Hillsborough County will review all plans submitted with the review team that consists of staff from Hillsborough County, Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office, and respective City staff (if applicable). The team will evaluate the procedures and protocols in detail before sending to the appropriate official(s) for endorsement.

Hillsborough County will provide the appropriate endorsement paperwork to accompany the Amusement Park Reopening Plan for submittal to the State. The local endorsement does not mean the plan has been approved. The State of Florida is the only entity that can approve the reopening of amusement parks.

How long does the County’s review process take?

You can expect the review process to take up to 2-3 days. If any concerns or questions arise about the plan, a Hillsborough County staff member will be in touch immediately.

How do I submit my Amusement Park Reopening Plan to the State?
Once plans are ready to submit, the reopening plan and endorsement paperwork should be emailed directly to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Adrian Lukis and James Uthmeier, and carbon copy (CC)  Michelle Faulk and Allan Harrison.