Typhoon Texas to reopen Friday with new COVID-19 rules

By Sandra Sadek | Editorial Intern
Posted 5/28/20

Typhoon Texas will be reopening Friday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. for its 2020 summer season. In line with Governor Greg Abbott’s capacity limits. the waterpark will be implementing several changes …

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Typhoon Texas to reopen Friday with new COVID-19 rules

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Typhoon Texas will be reopening Friday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. for its 2020 summer season. In line with Governor Greg Abbott’s capacity limits. the waterpark will be implementing several changes to its usual business model.

Visitors must now use an online reservation system to ensure their spot within the park. Guests can purchase a summer pass at TyphoonTexas.com and make an advance reservation, choosing a date, time of arrival and size of the party. Walk-up sales and entry are not available.

“The online reservation system is the smart way to offer a safe experience for our guests,” said Evan Barnett, president of Typhoon Texas, in a press release.  “Plus, it ensures adherence to state capacity guidelines.”

Ticketing has also been simplified for the 2020 summer season. Guests who purchase a  one-day, individual ticket can get the rest of the summer free with unlimited visits. Reservations will still be required.

To maintain a clean environment, hand sanitation stations have been added in restrooms, locker areas, dressing rooms, event spaces and at food and beverage outlets. Decals have been placed to indicate where to maintain social distancing while in line.

Other measures have also been implemented throughout the park. Restrooms will close every hour for cleaning and disinfecting. All loungers, cabanas and seating areas will be cleaned and disinfected once a group leaves. Guests can also use cashless pay wristbands to minimize contact when purchasing food, beverages and retail items.

According to a press release from the park, Typhoon Texas’ filtration system reduces impurities to one micron, whereas traditional pool filters remove impurities at 20-40 microns. Pool chemistries are also electronically monitored on a real-time basis and manual testing is conducted at least every hour for each attraction.

The press release also states pools and attractions are filtered every hour, except for the lazy river and wave pool, which are filtered in under two hours.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Proper operation of these venues and disinfection of the water with chlorine or bromine should kill the virus.

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