SF's SkyStar Observation Wheel closes due to pandemic, just six weeks after opening

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Golden Gate Park’s newly opened observation wheel was forced to shut down Sunday, following San Francisco’s move into the purple COVID-19 tier.

Officials announced the temporary closure of the 150-foot-tall SkyStar Observation Wheel on Saturday.

Observation wheels are among the activities required to shut down for counties in California’s most restrictive coronavirus reopening tier.

“Our priority is public safety and stopping the spread,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “Golden Gate Park will continue to be an oasis to nurture our physical health and mental wellbeing, just as it has for 150 years. San Franciscans are resilient and responsible. Together we will recover, and the observation wheel will be here waiting for us.”

The SkyStar opened about six weeks ago, on October 21.

It was installed in March for the Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration, but the wheel’s opening was delayed due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders.

The attraction features 36 enclosed gondolas, boasting unparalleled views from downtown San Francisco to the Pacific Ocean.

Ticket holders with reservations beginning Sunday can reschedule their rides online.