Reports that screaming on roller coasters will be prohibited are not consistent with the regulations announced by the California Attractions and Parks Association.
As Southern California theme parks work on reopening their attractions such as roller coasters, CAPA executive director Erin Guerrero said “guidelines do not require parks to prohibit screaming.”
California noted that activities such as screaming, singing and heavy breathing increased the probability of COVID-19 transmission, but theme parks addressed those concerns before the state made its announcement of reopenings.
“Parks have got it covered. If people are wearing masks, they’re shouting into a mask that will contain the droplets,” Guerrero told L.A. Weekly. “The parks have been preparing to open since the closures started and they have had best practices in place from other parks around the world that have been able to reopen.”
Additionally, the CAPA’s “Responsible Reopening Plan” states that mitigation practices are being taken through curated seat loading where guests are apart and “generally face in one direction.”
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California is still under a mask mandate and they will be mandatory for all theme park guests and employees, except for eating or drinking in designated areas.
With both Los Angeles and Orange County reaching the red tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, theme parks such as Six Flags, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm have been given the OK to reopen in April.
Six Flags announced it would be restarting its coaster attractions on April 1 for members and season passholders, and April 3 for the general public.
Disney announced it would officially be opening on both Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park on April 30, while bringing back 10,000 furloughed employees.
Knott’s Berry Farm has not announced dates for reopening its attractions, but will be hosting its annual Boysenberry food festival until May 2.