American theme parks are finally opening after being shut down for more than a year. The Pandemic caused theme parks across America to lose around $18 billion in revenue. Although these attractions took a major loss last year, this year they are preparing for a profitable summer.

 Nearly 40% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, which means that the summer fun will begin for many families. 

Though the Pandemic is slowly dying down, that doesn’t mean that businesses are going to boom. Businesses all over are experiencing staff shortages. For theme parks, that could mean some favorite rides not being available to the public. 

There are things that theme parks are doing to cover their losses. One of their strategies is increasing their minimum wages, some by even a 100% increase. 

Robert Niles, Founder and Editor of the Theme Park Insider offered some advice to employers dealing with  this issue:

“If you are paying federal minimum wage, offering take-it-or-leave-it scheduling with no benefits, and have a reputation for allowing customers and managers to walk all over your employees, yeah, no one’s taking your job offers right now. “

This article originally published on GREY Journal.