The California Attractions and Parks Association issued a statement aimed to clear up confusion after media has been reporting that the association is recommending adjusting seat-loading patterns to “mitigate the effect of shouting”.
The association said at no point has the CAPA recommended limiting or prohibiting yelling or screaming on amusement park rides as a way to mitigate transmission of COVID-19.
On Thursday, the association issued the following statement:
At no point has CAPA recommended limiting or prohibiting yelling or screaming on amusement park rides as a way to mitigate transmission of COVID-19.
CAPA released the following statement to address this confusion:
“California’s amusement parks are excited to reopen responsibly under the recently released state guidance for the amusement park industry. These guidelines do not require parks to prohibit screaming.
“When the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy was released in August, it identified a range of risk criteria for all industries to address, including: ‘Ability to limit activities that are known to cause increased spread (e.g. singing, shouting, heavy breathing; loud environs will cause people to raise voice).’
“The responsible reopening plan that CAPA released in September addressed that risk criteria as follows: ‘Face covering usage and/or modifications to seat loading patterns will be required on amusement park rides to mitigate the effects of shouting. Additionally, on rides, guests generally face in one direction.’
“CAPA has never suggested or recommended limiting shouting, yelling, or screaming on an amusement park ride.”
CAPA’s Responsible Reopening plan can be viewed at: https://reopencaamusementparks.com/rrp/
Parks in the State of California have been closed since March of 2020 and employee 135,000 people. Within California’s guidance for opening theme parks, they may do so on April 1 should the county they are in meet a specific tier for positivity rates. For example, in Tier 2, they can open with 15% capacity for in state visitors only. In Tier 3, they may have 25% capacity and in Tier 4 (25% indoor areas and 35% for outdoor).
CAPA represents California Amusement Parks and Attractions large and small, from family-owned local parks to world-renowned destination resorts.