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Six Flags rolls out ‘extensive’ safety measures at Georgia parks

Six Flags Over Georgia will implement several new “extensive” safety protocols to protect guests and employees from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Six Flags Over Georgia will implement several new “extensive” safety protocols to protect guests and employees from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Your next trip to Six Flags Over Georgia or White Water in Cobb County will be vastly different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company will implement several new “extensive” safety protocols at its theme parks around the country to protect guests and employees from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, Six Flags said Tuesday.

No reopening date has been announced, and the park said it looks forward to welcoming back its employees and guests “when it’s safe to do so upon clearance from the Governor’s Office.”

“A lot of people are curious what a reopening in the state of our ‘new normal’ would look like,” said Six Flags spokeswoman Divina Mims. “The team has been working diligently to coordinate a plan that welcomes our guests back in the safest environment possible.”

Six Flags closed nationwide March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That decision came one day after Six Flags said it would remain open.

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Attendance caps below the park's capacity will be put in place so guests and employees can practice social distancing. Before coming to Six Flags, guests with single-day or group tickets, members and season pass holders will have to make reservations on its website.

Once on the site, guests will have to choose the date and time they plan to visit, watch a video on the new procedures and acknowledge the company’s new policy.

All employees and guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth while at the park. Masks will be available to buy for anyone who doesn’t have one. Guests and employees will also have their temperatures checked before entering the theme park.

Six Flags Over Georgia will implement several new “extensive” safety protocols to protect guests and employees from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Six Flags Over Georgia will implement several new “extensive” safety protocols to protect guests and employees from possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Credit: Six Flags Over Georgia

Credit: Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags will have distance markers throughout the park, including entry, ride, retail, restroom and dining areas.

Guests who ride roller coasters and other attractions will be separated by empty rows or seats, and Six Flags will establish viewing areas where guests can observe games while staying six feet apart. The theme park will either deactivate or reconfigure arcade games to follow social distancing guidelines.

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Six Flags will increase its cleaning and disinfecting of so-called “high-touch” areas, including public seating, tables, counters, doors and trash cans. Staff will regularly clean rides, restraints, handrails and employee work areas throughout the day, and restroom staff will frequently clean and disinfect stalls and sinks. Six Flags will also have several places around the theme park where you can wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.

Other procedures include modifying menus, introducing mobile food ordering and reconfiguring self-serve areas to eliminate direct contact with food.

“The Six Flags brand is synonymous with family fun and thrills for all ages,” the company said in its news release. “These significant new changes are designed to improve the overall park experience while keeping guests and employees safe.”

You can learn more about these changes by visiting the park's website.