At least a few of California’s many amusement and theme parks are slated to open next week, and the state’s Department of Public Health has finally established guidelines for those looking to indulge themselves.
Theme parks have asked the state government for guidelines for many months. Finally, the state released them on Friday, just a week before limited reopenings could take place.
Reopening parks can hold indoor rides, but visitors must line up outside. All park visitors and workers are required to wear face coverings except when eating and drinking, and parks opening on April 1 is limited to 15% capacity at this time.
So far, Southern California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia and Legoland in Carlsbad are the only parks in the area that will open on April 1.
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park are scheduled to open on April 30. Universal Studios Hollywood plans to open in late April, while Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park plans to open in May.
Among the guidelines the state on Friday issued requirements for the Covid-19 test of workers, social distancing by artists who must be unmasked, and a mandate that only visitors to the state are allowed.
Indoor rides will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes, and those in different households must line up six feet apart. In addition, people from different households must be seated separately.
Some trips where passengers frequently lose their face masks may face closures, the state said. In addition, eating and drinking will only be permitted in designated areas.