Theme parks tries to stop people from screaming on roller coasters

Californians headed to recently reopened theme parks won’t be able to scream as much as they want to when riding roller coasters. 

The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) shared a list of steps they would be taking to safely reopen theme parks, in hopes of better following the state’s blueprint for determining risk associated with COVID-19.  

The state blueprint calls for the ability ‘to limit activities that are known to cause increased spread,’ specifically highlighting singing, shouting and heavy breathing. 

In response, the CAPA will require face covering usage on rides while also implementing modifications to seat loading patterns in a bid to ‘mitigate the effects of shouting.’ 

‘Additionally, on rides, guests generally face in one direction,’ the CAPA added in their amusement park action for how to tackle the excessive noise.    

CAPA is also limiting the number of people guests are exposed to by only sitting people from the same party for various rides and attractions, preventing the mixing and mingling of those visiting. 

They’ve also worked to implement several designated areas for eating and drinking, making those the few places on park grounds where guests can take off their masks. 

State officials’ announced earlier in the month that reopening criteria for theme parks and outdoor stadiums will be relaxed from April 1, as a winter spike in coronavirus cases rapidly recedes.

Theme parks will only be allowed to reopen if their county drops below the state’s most-restrictive coronavirus ‘tier,’ and then initially at 15 percent capacity and for California residents only.

Disneyland is aiming to reopen in late April at limited capacity after California eased Covid-19 restrictions, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said last week.

The world’s second-most visited theme park has been closed for almost exactly a year, with the mega attraction near Los Angeles unable to reopen last summer even while other Disney resorts did so worldwide.

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‘Here in California, we’re encouraged by the positive trends we’re seeing and we’re hopeful they’ll continue to improve and we’ll be able to reopen our Parks to guests with limited capacity by late April,’ said Chapek.

A precise opening date would be confirmed ‘in the coming weeks,’ he added. 

Chapek cautioned that Disneyland could not reopen on the first day of next month as it would take time to recall more than 10,000 furloughed staff members, and to retrain them in pandemic safety measures.

Disney, along with other operators and local officials, has ramped up pressure on state officials to allow swifter reopenings, after previous guidance meant theme parks would be among the last places to reopen in California. 

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