Six Flags Great Adventure will open on July 3 with extensive new safety measures in place as the state of New Jersey continues to reopen from the coronavirus pandemic.

The park will open exclusively to members and Season Pass holders on July 3, and it will open for the general public beginning on July 4. The announcement comes one day after New Jersey's Governor, Phil Murphy, said that theme parks & water parks can open before the Fourth of July. 

Throughout the month the park will gradually increase attendance levels, and reservations will be necessary. A preview date and opening for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will be announced soon.

Here's just some of what you can expect when Six Flags reopens next week:

- Temperature checks - these will be done with state-of-the-art thermal imaging.
- Advanced security screening - this will include touchless bag checks
- Mobile food ordering - You can grab on go. We have more on this here.

“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes protocols designed by theme park and waterpark industry experts, along with best practices from top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest way possible," Six Flags President and CEO Mike Spanos says. "This ’new normal’ will be different in some ways, but we believe these additional measures are appropriate in the current environment.

Reservations Will Be Required

As we first reported earlier this year, Six Flags will require reservations to allow for proper social distancing (and park capacity) requirements. Here's how that will work:

All Members, Season Pass Holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation on their website (by clicking here). Single-day tickets can also will be reserved.

A 5-7 minute process will take place on the website where guests will select the day/time they want to visit and watch a brief video explaining the new park procedures. If you do not have parking pass, you will be asked to pre-pay for your parking.

The park’s website and social media channels will announce the reservation system’s launch date soon.

If you make a reservation, be on the lookout for a confirmation email as guests will be contacted electronically (either by email, text or both) the day before their scheduled visit to confirm their intent to visit.

All Members and Season Pass Holders will receive booking priority over single-day and group ticket buyers.

Extensive Safety Procedures Will be In Effect

Here are just some of the safety procedures that the park outlined in today's announcement:

Temperatures:  Contactless IR thermal imaging will be used to screen temperatures of guests and employees prior to entry.

Masks:  all guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit or workday. Masks will NOT be required on waterslides, water attractions, or in pools.

Social Distancing: Guests will be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions. Capacity will be limited in water attractions as well.

Plus, Markers will be in place throughout the park (including entertainment venues, dining venues, and line queues) to ensure six-foot distancing is kept between guests.

Cleaning & Safety: In today's announcement, the theme park outlined extensive cleaning and sanitization measures, which will take place daily. Plus, they announced plans for a multi-layered safety communication and education effort for both employees and guests.

Six Flags reopened their drive-through safari back in May, allowing visitors to drive their own vehicles through the attraction for the first time since 2012: