Attractions begin reopening


Photo Courtesy of Louisa County Public Schools

LCPS hosted Family Movie Night prior to Goochland Drive-In’s opening weekend.

Anna Turner, Copy Editor

  With so many activities shut down due to Covid-19, it has been hard to find fun hobbies to partake in with friends and family. Many entertainment spots are starting to open up, with restrictions in place. 

  For those looking for a thrill, Kings Dominion will be opening May 22, with limited capacity. Due to limited capacity, all guests must plan their visit ahead of time. When arriving at the park, all guests must undergo a temperature check of 100.4 and below. Face coverings must be worn throughout the park with the exception of eating, drinking, or if you are in a designated relaxation area. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is currently only open on weekends with plans to reopen weekly starting March 29, with the same safety guidelines in place. 

  After being shut down for almost six months and briefly reopening, Regal Stonefield and IMAX movie theater has plans to permanently reopen on April 2. Similarly, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Charlottesville is also happy to welcome guests back.  A face covering is required to be worn in the lobby and at all times during the movie, except while eating or drinking.  

  New movies are starting to come out again, however popular old movies are still being shown as well. 

  DriveShack in Richmond has been open and is taking measures to keep everyone safe and clean. A mask is required to get into the venue but may be taken off during play.

  Golf clubs are disinfected between each group and there is a six feet of distance between all tables at the golf bays. The prices for one bay per hour range from $25 through $45 depending on the time of day. From 10AM-1 PM it is $25, from 1PM-5PM pay is $35, and from 5PM to closing it is $45. 

  If bowling is more your thing,  AMF Kegler’s Lanes in Charlottesville is welcoming people in, with restrictions. Masks are required to get in, but because of social distancing between groups, masks don’t have to be worn while bowling. Prices vary depending on group size and time spent bowling, but check out their website for specials. 

  Another attraction that has opened back up is Goochland Drive-In Theater, reopened for the spring season Friday, March 26. Two movie screens are set up including one at “The Grove,” where you can enjoy sitting on the lawn and watching, or the main screen where you watch from your car. Tickets must be purchased in advance the day of, and prices vary from $18-$25 per car depending on the day you choose. 

  After getting hit hard by Covid, things are starting to look up in the entertainment industry with concerts starting to make a comeback. Musical artists are starting to add tour dates to their calendar, even if they are smaller, outdoor venues to abide by safety protocols. For more info on concerts, check out Artists Stay Connected. 

  Despite the unusual times we are living in, these attractions are doing their best to provide fun entertainment while keeping patrons safe.