Hurricane Alley Waterpark closes temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Hurricane Alley Waterpark will temporarily close after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.

The water park announced in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon the park will be closed for two days after an administrative employee tested positive for COVID-19.

During the park’s closure, the park will go under a “deep clean,” which will include draining the water out of the park and sanitizing all areas.

The park plans to reopen at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the post. 

The employee was last at the park on Friday, June 12. The post states the employee had no symptoms while at work, but developed symptoms during their time away.

The post also states employees who were in close contact with the infected employee were notified. They are currently in self-isolation and plan to get tested.

Sam Canavati, the park’s chief operating officer, told the Caller-Times Tuesday afternoon that the water park’s first priority is the safety of its guests.

“We understand guests may get frustrated with us on our decision to close the whole water park, but we are doing this to be safe,” Canavati said. “We are going to do a deep dive tonight and all-day tomorrow. We are going to check everything and spray everything and go above and beyond.”

Canavati said the employee who tested positive Tuesday will not return to work until they have completed the 14-day quarantine, mandated by the Centers for Disease Control. 

“While the employee has told us that they feel great, we need to stick to the rules,” Canavati said. 

Canavati said upon reopening, the water park will continue to follow its employee health protocol, which includes temperature checks of all its employees before entering the park as well as sending employees home if they show any symptoms. 

“We all need to take the same precautions. We’ve already notified and contacted everyone and that’s how it has to be,” Canavati said. 

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