Disneyland in California, pictured, is among theme parks that have been asked to ban screaming by an industry association to try and stop Covid from spreading (Picture: Getty)
Theme parks shuttered for a year by the Covid crisis are set to ban screaming in a bid to stop the virus spreading further. The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) ‘responsible reopening plan’ guidance has called on member theme parks including Disneyland to ban guest from shouting while scared on rollercoasters.
CAPA wants guests to be made to wear face coverings while on rides to try and block any infected saliva droplets flying out of riders mouths and into the mouths or noses of people sat behind them. They have also called on parks to run coasters at reduced capacity to help guests space out.
Their new guidance will also affect other popular theme parks in the Golden State, including Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland California and SeaWorld San Diego. It also applies to indoor attractions and shows, The Orange County Register reported.
Independent theme parks which are not members of CAPA will be exempt from the guidance. California Governor Gavin Newsom says theme parks in his state can reopen from April 1. Those thrill ride facilities are hoping to claw back some of the hundreds of millions lost during Covid shutdowns from fun-starved fans.
The rule will also affect Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which will run half-full rollercoasters, and urge guests to keep any screams internal (Picture: Getty)
Japan instigated a ‘no screaming’ rule after its theme parks reopened post-Covid last summer.
Guests at Fuji-Q Highland in Tokyo were told ‘scream inside your heart.’
A bizarre video of stern-faced park executives riding an 80mph coaster in silence was also shared to try and set an example.
The US has recorded more than 29.5 million Covid cases, and over 536,000 deaths.
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