Six Flags to remain open amid coronavirus concerns

Employees who are sick are being asked to stay home. If an employee is found to have a fever at work, “we will immediately release them to see their medical provider,” the company’s CEO said.
Employees who are sick are being asked to stay home. If an employee is found to have a fever at work, “we will immediately release them to see their medical provider,” the company’s CEO said.

Officials at Six Flags over Georgia said the amusement park will remain open as scheduled despite anxiety caused by the coronavirus outbreak in the state.

The park will enhance sanitation “with the primary effort in public areas,” park officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

“The health and safety of our guests and employees is our highest priority,” spokeswoman Divina Mims Puckett told AJC.com. “Like other public venues, we continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The park officially opened for the season last Saturday. Puckett said when Six Flags opens for the upcoming weekend, visitors will find more anti-bacterial soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

“We are ensuring guest and employee access to these preventive enhancements throughout all areas of the park, especially in restrooms, food locations, and employee break areas,” Mims said. “We are also encouraging guests and employees to practice good hygiene with frequent and rigorous hand-washing.”

In a statement addressed to park-goers, Six Flags President and CEO Mike Spanos said he recognizes and understands that "you all have concerns about the coronavirus."

He added that employees who are sick are being asked to stay home. If an employee is found to have a fever at work, “we will immediately release them to see their medical provider,” he said.

“We hope that these measures give you confidence that we are taking the necessary precautions in this evolving situation,” Spanos said. “We remain committed to providing you and your family with friendly, clean, fast and safe service.”

Six Flags over Georgia is not the only park to remain open despite increasing coronavirus concerns. The Atlanta Fair announced in a Facebook post Thursday that it will operate as scheduled, AJC.com reported.

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On Thursday afternoon, Disney announced it will close its Disneyland theme park in California and Disney World in Orlando due to COVID-19.

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