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North Texas Water Parks, Hawaiian Falls And Epic Waters, Reopening On Friday

ROANOKE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Two Hawaiian Falls locations in North Texas and Epic Waters Indoor Water Park are reopening Friday with health and safety guidelines in place as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Officials with Hawaiian Falls said its two locations in Roanoke and Mansfield will reopen after being given clearance by Gov. Greg Abbott and health officials on Tuesday.

According to Abbott, water parks will be limited to a 25% capacity.

"It is widely recognized by the CDC that outdoor activity is recommended. The CDC states 'There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water used in pools or water playgrounds,'" the company said on its website.

The Hawaiian Falls location in The Colony is set to reopen on June 4, while the Garland one is expected to reopen on June 5. The location in Waco will reopen on Friday, as well.

"A lot of our attention since ​this happened in early March has ​been on COVID-19," Hawaiian Falls Garland and The Colony General Manager Chris Shillcutt said. "How ​are we going to be able to handle ​this? How are we going to ensure ​the safety of our guests?"

Some of the new guidelines at Hawaiian Falls include: masks for staff, screening staff for symptoms, frequent sanitation and spacing out tables and chairs.

Both Hawaiian Falls and Epic Waters said customers are encouraged to buy their tickets online to minimize contact. Customers are also urged to make purchases at the park with credit or debit cards rather than cash.

"Safety is our ​number one priority, it ​always has been - always ​will be," Shillcutt said. "Any decision ​making is always based on that."

Other water parks like NRH20 and Great Wolf Lodge, said they will reopen on June 15. Hurricane Harbor in Arlington has not yet announced a date.

Several of the water parks, including Epic Waters, Hawaiian Falls and NRH20, are hiring.

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