To limit COVID spread, theme parks in CA will need to limit screaming on rides

To limit COVID spread, theme parks in CA will need to limit screaming on rides
Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon ride a roller coaster at Universal in 2014. YouTube video, Jimmy Fallon/NBC

[Ed. – Another option will be to make the rides less scary by flattening out steep drops on roller coasters and the like.]

When Southern California theme parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and Magic Mountain reopen as early as April, they will likely have to take steps to ensure that screaming on rides doesn’t lead to the spread of COVID-19.

The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), a trade group which represents theme parks statewide, is backing a plan that would tamp down on the effects that shouting and yelling on rides, such as rollercoasters, could have in spreading the virus.

California’s reopening guidelines call for businesses to limit activities that can spread the virus, such as singing and shouting.

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“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 responsible reopening plan. “Additionally, on rides, guests generally face in one direction.”

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