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SeaWorld San Diego reopens after two month COVID closure

Animal exhibits, such as those featuring penguins, dolphins and sea lions will be open, but roller coasters and other rides will remain closed.

SAN DIEGO — SeaWorld San Diego reopened to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday following two months of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the park's rides will remain closed for the time being.

Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted regional stay-at-home orders for Southern Californian counties late last month, allowing zoos and aquariums to reopen with certain restrictions, along with outdoor dining, gyms, outdoor movie theaters and personal care services, among others.

Animal exhibits, such as those featuring penguins, dolphins and sea lions will be open, but roller coasters and other rides will remain closed due to a lack of guidance for theme parks from the state's COVID-19 reopening plan.

Guests are required to make a reservation and those over the age of two are required to wear face masks at all times -- unless seated and eating or drinking. Annual pass holders have admission included with their pass, but reservations are still required.

The park posted more on its official Instagram page.

"We take your health and safety very seriously and will operate with our enhanced protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face-covering requirements and temperature screenings," the post read.

As part of the park's Waves of Honor program, military personnel and up to three direct dependents are allowed a complimentary visit.