California: Roller Coasters Are Back But No Screaming

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Good news everyone, theme parks are re-opening in California. Families will be allowed to return to the sweet smells of turkey legs, funnel cake, and just about anything deep fried.

One thing patrons might not be able to experience is probably the most iconic feature of theme parks, screaming.

Specifically, no screaming or shouting on roller coasters. The California Attractions and Parks Association has put certain restrictions in place so that all customers of theme parks in California can reframe from screaming or yelping on rides and attractions. All in order to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

The CAPA put out a statement saying, “[f]ace covering usage and/or modifications to seat loading patterns will be required on amusement park rides to mitigate the effects of shouting.”

A scream on a roller coaster is, for the most part, a scream of joy. It may be terrifying in the moment but afterwards, it turns out to be an amazing experience.

Rides like these are made for making memories and those memories come with screams. The CAPA even admitted themselves that, “on rides, guests generally face in one direction”, so there’s minimal risk when customers are riding.

I am just hoping and praying for a day when we stop looking at everything as a possible way of spreading the Coronavirus.

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