VALLEY VIEW, Ohio — Tickets for the popular Polar Express train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will go on sale to the general public on Oct. 14.
Last year, tickets for the event sold out, with more than 46,000 tickets purchased. This year is expected to do the same, but because of COVID-19, the CVSR is operating with more stringent safety practices and procedures including operating at a 50% capacity.
Some of the other COVID-19 safety measures implemented by the CVSR include:
- Carefully considered staggered seating arrangements have been made so groups are at least 6’ apart.
- If staggered seating arrangements are not feasible then a plastic barrier has been placed between group seating.
- All guests will be screened for temperature and asked COVID-19 screening questions within the CDC/CVSR guidelines.
- Guests with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to board the train.
- Guests who answer yes to any of the screening questions will not be permitted to board the train.
- Masks that cover the nose and mouth will be required while boarding the train and for the entirety of the ride for passengers 2 years and older unless a guest is consuming snacks or beverages while in their assigned seat.
- CVSR is committed to your safety and will clean frequently touched surfaces often with EPA approved sanitizers which have been deemed effective for the COVID-19 virus.
- Signage will be in place regarding our policies, to guide you through the process, and help direct you to your rail car.
- Movement between train cars will be prohibited.
- Individuals who refuse to comply with CVSR policies will be removed from the train.
“Since our trains resumed, the feedback and support we have received from the community has been astounding,” said CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur. “We are confident we’ll continue to exceed passengers’ expectations continuing to provide them a safe and enjoyable experience as we prepare to welcome guests for the Polar Express.”
CVSR will sell half the amount of tickets as last year. Buy tickets here.
“Due to the cancellation of our train rides this year and running 50% capacity for the remainder of the year, a large portion of the income it takes to operate has been lost,” said Mazur. “The Polar Express is our largest fundraiser for our organization, and we’re hopeful we sell out again as in past years to ensure we can keep our trains on the tracks.”