After reading that headline you must be thinking this is some kind of joke.
Well, it’s not.
The California Attractions and Parks Association has backed a new policy that wouldn’t allow screaming on roller coasters due to the fact it could possibly spread COVID-19.
Theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Six Flags will be banning screaming which is complete insanity!
Guests will have to refrain from screaming on California theme park rides after reopening, guidelines say https://t.co/RDFNIu8GTC
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) March 18, 2021
No screaming on California roller coasters, state guidelines say https://t.co/wO3922pqiK
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) March 18, 2021
ABC 5 News had more details to add to the bizarre story:
When Southern California’s theme parks reopen as early as April, it could be with one very significant and silent difference: no screaming on rides.
The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA), a trade group which represents theme parks statewide, is backing a plan that would tamp down on shouting on rides, such as rollercoasters, in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
California’s reopening guidelines calls for businesses to limit activities that can spread the virus, such as singing and shouting.
That means that visitors to parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags and Knott’s Berry Farm may be asked to keep it down on such rides.
That is never going to happen. No screaming on a roller coaster?
— Lenore Walker (@lenore_walker) March 18, 2021
I mean…it’s a roller coaster. Not sure I could hold back a scream 🤷♀️ https://t.co/I9Sep3dWwU
— Amy Oosterhouse (@amy_oosterhouse) March 18, 2021
The New York Post got the scoop too:
Southern California theme parks are set to open as early as next month, but thrill seekers may be forced to bite their tongues while riding their favorite rollercoasters.
The California Attractions and Parks Association is behind a plan that would encourage riders to remain silent while barreling through the air on rollercoasters to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Reopening guidelines in the Golden State call for businesses to limit activities such as singing or shouting to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Parks are going to have a hard time trying to enforce this new rule.