MANSFIELD — The familiar sound of carnival music once again echoes through Mansfield as the downtown's most recognizable attraction officially re-opened its doors.
Richland Carrousel Park is now open to the public as of Tuesday, July 7 with new health and safety measures in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Carrousel had been closed due to the pandemic since March 16.
"You can expect the same friendly faces at the Carrousel and gift shop," said director Sharon Bishop. "However, there are several things we have instituted to keep our friends and employees safe during the pandemic.
"From social distancing signage, to face covering requirements, to fewer riders on the Carrousel, Richland Carrousel Park is opening safely."
The Carrousel will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays moving forward. The park will be closed on Mondays for deep cleaning.
Face coverings will be required at the Carrousel going forward. The park's new health guidelines require face coverings in the gift shop, in the Carrousel line, and on the Carrousel.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is recommended people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Cloth face coverings may help people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. They are mostly likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used in public settings.
Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.