No screaming on roller coasters under California’s COVID-19 plan

By | March 18, 2021

Southern California theme parks are set to open as early as next month, but thrill seekers may be forced to bite their tongues while riding their favorite rollercoasters.

The California Attractions and Parks Association is behind a plan that would encourage riders to remain silent while barreling through the air on rollercoasters to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Reopening guidelines in the Golden State call for businesses to limit activities such as singing or shouting to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Under the proposal, amusement parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags could open at limited capacity, and patrons would be asked to keep their excitement to themselves on the rides.

“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.”


The classic white wooden roller coaster Colossus in Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California in 1980.

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The Patriot roller coaster takes a 360-degree loop at California’s Great America amusement park in Santa Clara, California on March 31, 2017.

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Under the plan, groups would be limited to a maximum of 10 people from no more than three households. Indoor dining would be banned.

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