The first Six Flags scheduled for reopening is June 5 in Oklahoma City. The date for reopening Fiesta Texas and its other Lone Star State properties is dependent on when Abbott gives an order allowing them to resume business.
Six Flags will enforce strict social distancing guidelines, including mandating all guests and employees wear face masks, Waco's KWTX reports.
“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes best practices from theme park and water-park industry experts, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest possible way,” Six Flags President and CEO Mike Spanos told the TV station. “This ’new normal’ will be very different, but we believe these additional measures are appropriate in the current environment.”
Texas' tourism industry presented the referenced plan to state officials on May 8 as part of a plea to be able to reopen attractions across the state.
According to the KWTX report, the announced reopening plans will require all Six Flags properties to implement the following:
- "Contact-less" IR thermal imaging to screen temperatures of guests and employees prior to entry
- An online reservation system to stagger arrival times
- Thermal imaging for temperature checks
- Security screening technology
- Expanded mobile food ordering
- Touchless bag checks
- Reduced capacity in indoor venues
- "Easy to identify distance markers" in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail and dining queue lines