Six Flags shares new safety and health procedures for reopening

by Brittani Tuttle

When Six Flags reopens its parks to guests, extensive new safety measures and cleaning protocols will be implemented, along with new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees.

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The parks will reopen once it is safe to do so, once they receive clearance from their respective Governor’s Offices in conjunction with state and local officials. So far, only Frontier City, a Six Flags theme park in Oklahoma City, Okla. has announced a reopening date—Friday, June 5, 2020.

As previously announced, Six Flags will use a new online reservation system to manage guest attendance, schedule entry day by day, and stagger arrival times to minimize exposure. Other new technologies that will be employed include:

  • State-of-the-art thermal imaging for temperature checks
  • Advanced security screening technology for touchless bag checks
  • Expanded mobile food ordering

Six Flags shared their reopening plan in a press release, which was developed with its epidemiologist consultants. You can read it for yourself below:

Health Screenings for Guests and Team Members

  • Contactless IR thermal imaging will be used to screen temperatures of guests and employees prior to entry; and individuals will be asked if they are healthy and will be required to acknowledge the company’s health policies
  • All guests over the age of two and all team members will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth throughout their visit/work day. Accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis for those with disabilities, health concerns, religious restrictions, or other circumstances that in Six Flags’ discretion warrant a modification of this face mask requirement
  • Any guest without a mask will be able to purchase one at the front gate

Strictly Enforced Social Distancing

  • Easy to identify distance markers will be added in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail locations, and dining queue lines
  • Dining areas will be adjusted to allow ample space between seated parties
  • Guests will be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all roller coasters, rides, and attractions
  • Six-foot viewing areas will be marked for guests to observe game play; arcade games will be reconfigured or deactivated to comply with social distancing requirements
  • Advanced security screenings will enable touchless bag checks
  • Capacity at indoor venues will be reduced to meet social distancing requirements
  • Guests viewing outdoor entertainment will be separated by at least six feet

Extensive Sanitization and Disinfecting Protocols

  • Trained and dedicated cleaning teams have been put in place
  • Increased sanitization and disinfecting of high touch points including all public seating, tabletops, counters, doors, and trash cans will occur frequently
  • Rides, restrains, and handrails will be cleaned throughout the day
  • Restroom staff will be stationed to disinfect each stall and sink area on a frequent basis
  • Multiple hand-washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park
  • All team member work areas will be regularly sanitized and disinfected

Sanitized Food Preparation and Service

  • Modified menus and implementation of mobile food ordering will help facilitate touchless transactions
  • Self-service buffets and salad bars will be reconfigured to eliminate guest contact with food
  • Condiments, self-serve cutlery, and napkins will be provided to guests with their meals as required
  • Beverages will be served by attendants, and guests will receive any drink bottle refills in a paper cup each time they refill

Commerical-Grade Cleaning Equipment and Supplies

  • All employees will be issued Team Member Action Packs which will include: a safety face mask, safety glasses, and disposable gloves
  • Low pressure backpack sprayers will be utilized for disinfecting large areas
  • Abundant supplies of sanitizers and disinfectants will be available
  • Microfiber cloths will be used to sanitize surfaces
  • Queue line supplies, fencing, and tents will be in place to promote safe social distancing

Multi-Layered Guest and Team Member Communication

  • Frontline team members will go through extensive COVID-19 training
  • Safety messaging and reminders on Six Flags’ website, newsletters, in-park announcements, and recorded phone messages will occur frequently
  • Distance markers and physical distance indicators in place
  • Informational safety signage is posted throughout the park
  • Handouts outlining guest screening processes and safety procedures will be distributed at the Toll Plaza

Park Reservation System to Manage Attendance

Six Flags will establish attendance caps that will be well below the parks’ capacity to allow for proper social distancing. All Members, Season Pass holders, and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation online in a process that takes 5-7 minutes. During this process, guests will complete the following steps:

  • Enter their online order number, ticket number or Membership/Season Pass number
  • Select the day and the approximate time they want to visit
  • Watch a short view describing new social distancing and sanitization procedures
  • Acknowledge their understanding of the company’s health policy
  • Order pre-paid parking, if they don’t already have a parking pass

Guests will be contacted via email, text, or both, the day before their scheduled visit to confirm their plans and continued healthy status. Guests can cancel their reservation without penalty any time before 8 a.m. (local time) on the day of their scheduled visit.

Diamond and Elite Members will automatically be added to the priority waitlist, and all Members and Season Pass holders will receive booking priority over single-day and group ticket buyers.

To learn more about Six Flags and to plan your visit once the parks reopen, visit SixFlags.com.

Six Flags also sent us a video of some of their new safety and health measures being employed in the parks, which you can watch below:

Six Flags Prepares for Reopening of Parks with New Safety Procedures

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Ronnie watkins May 26, 2020 - 8:20 pm

Great get the amusement parks open.


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