California trade group asks theme parks to mitigate screaming on rides to curb COVID-19 spread

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 18th, 2021 9:18 am

Last Updated Mar 19th, 2021 at 11:36 am

A trade group in California has asked theme parks in the area to work to make sure that screaming on rides does not lead to the spread of the coronavirus.

The California Attractions and Park Association is calling for opening theme parks — such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Magic Mountain, which are set to open as early as April — to require certain loading patterns and other regulations so that screaming on rides does not lead to COVID-19 spread.

"Face covering usage and/or modifications to seat loading patterns will be required on amusement park rides to mitigate the effects of shouting," CAPA wrote in its plan for responsible reopening. "Additionally, on rides, guests generally face in one direction."

Theme parks in Los Angeles and Orange counties will be allowed to reopen on April 1 at 15% capacity. Only in-state visitors in groups of 10 or fewer will be permitted. No indoor dining is allowed, and tickets must be purchased in advance.


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