Screaming to be banned on rides at Disneyland to try and stop Covid spread
Theme parks shuttered for a year by the COVID-19 crisis are set to ban screaming
in a bid to stop the virus from spreading further. The California Attractions and Parks
Association (CAPA) ‘responsible reopening plan’ guidance has called on member theme
parks including Disneyland to ban guests 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 rider’s 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.
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.