S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Dorney Park is cutting back its hours this summer due to a shortage of workers.

The amusement park in South Whitehall Township will only be open 5 days a week, Wednesday-Sunday, effective immediately, the park said on Wednesday.

"While we are aggressively recruiting and adding new staff daily, we must adjust our operating calendar based on workforce availability," Dorney Park said in a statement.

The park said it is facing a labor shortage like many other businesses and organizations.

The full calendar and hours is on Dorney's website, and reservations for Wildwater Kingdom can also be adjusted online.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and support as we work through these challenges," the statement continues. "We will continuously monitor our progress and will add more opportunities for fun as workforce improvements allow."

Dorney Park is not alone in facing staffing issues.

"At this point we are desperate for help. We're looking for all the shifts and it's just been really tough," said Erin Greyannus, the manager at the Nazareth Diner. 

She says she's lucky if she gets five applications a month, which she partly blames on continuing unemployment benefits.

The diner is normally open seven days a week, but the shortage has caused it to close in recent weeks.

"We did have to close on a Sunday. Which was a big hit for us. It's the busiest day of the week. We obviously never want to close but when we don't have the staff it's impossible," Greyannus said.

She's hoping it's the last time.

"We got phone calls for a week 'oh my gosh is this every Sunday now,' no it's because we didn't have the staff. We're going do our best to open every single day," Greyannus said.

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