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Tweetsie Railroad announced its closure on July 27 following a notice from the NCDHHS. The attraction hopes to be able to host Tweetsie Christmas later in the 2020 season.

BLOWING ROCK — On July 27, Tweetsie Railroad President Chris Robbins announced that the park has been “ordered to cease operations” by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, following two weekends of limited operations at the park.

“Tweetsie Railroad has received notification from the NCDHHS that we are not permitted to run the train. Thus, we have no choice but to close the park and cancel upcoming special events, including K-9s in Flight, Railroad Heritage Weekend and Ghost Train. When parks like ours are cleared to open in North Carolina, we will re-evaluate the possibility of welcoming guests back to Tweetsie Railroad and hosting Tweetsie Christmas,” Robbins said.

While open, Tweetsie Railroad offered guests rides on its open-air train cars at 50 percent capacity and allowed guests to shop in its stores on Main Street. Other attractions at the park, including amusement rides and the zoo, remained closed.

“Our goal was to provide some encouragement to Tweetsie Railroad’s loyal customers while enforcing all appropriate safety measures, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing,” Robbins said. “We received very positive feedback from those who visited the park and heard the train whistle; we were gratified to hear from numerous visitors that it helped restore their hope for the future.”

Robbins also noted that “when parks like ours are allowed to reopen” Tweetsie officials will re-evaluate the possibility of reopening and hosting Tweetsie Christmas.

All Golden Rail Season Pass Tickets for the 2020 season will be valid for Tweetsie Railroad’s 2021-2022 season.

On July 28, NCDHHS Communications Manager Kelly Connor said that amusement parks, “which Tweetsie Railroad operates as,” remain closed under Executive Order 141 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The retail and restaurant facilities within the park may open and follow DHHS’s retail and restaurant guidance,” Connor said.

Updates from Tweetsie Railroad are available at https://tweetsie.com.

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hlindsay@carolina.rr.com

My wife and I were excited to hear the whistle blowing again at Tweetsie the other day and it was reassuring that World could get back to normal. But the NC "Health" police can't allow that. "Amusement Parks" aren't allowed they say and they also say they "follow the science", well where's the science Dr Mandy and Gov Stooper? Kids riding a train = Bad; Riots and Protest = Good. By the way, anyone remember the early protest against the shutdowns and Gov declared protesting as "Not an Essential Activity"? I do and he certainly changed his mind or more accurately, the national DNC changed his mind. Exactly who does he represent?

Remember this when election time comes.

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