Are Six Flags theme parks open? Latest travel advice amid US coronavirus outbreak

AMUSEMENT parks are being hurt by the sudden reluctance of people to travel and mingle with crowds as coronavirus sweeps the globe.

So, can visitors still enjoy rides at Six Flags' theme parks? Here's the latest information.

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Are Six Flags' theme parks still open?

Six Flags is providing additional soap and hand sanitizers for staff and visitors as a "preventative" measure at its sites, all of which remain open for business.

In the US, there have been at least 728 cases and 26 deaths across 36 states and the District of Columbia as of 1am ET on March 10.

And shares in Six Flags have taken a hit in the wake of the coronavirus – ahead of the Spring Break.

For nearly six decades, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with rollercoasters, themed rides, water parks and unique attractions – including Hurricane Harbor in Phoenix and California, and Magic Mountain in LA.

One of the world’s largest regional theme park companies, and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, it runs 26 parks across the US, Mexico and Canada.

In LA, Six Flags Magic Mountain says that it has increased sanitation measures in public areas, reports the Los Angeles Times.

California – where Six Flags has four parks – has reported spiralling coronavirus infections with 107 cases, including two deaths so far.

Six Flags Magic Mountain said: "We have added 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.

"We are also encouraging guests and employees to practice good hygiene with frequent and rigorous hand-washing."

In Arizona – where Six Flags operates Hurricane Harbor, there have been six cases of coronavirus.

The state of Georgia, which has Six Flags Over Georgia, and Six Flags White Water, has reported 17 infections.

With 11 cases of the respiratory disease in Illinois – where the company has two theme parks – Gov JB Pritzker has declared a disaster proclamation, after Chicago reported four more infections.

NBC Washington reports that Maryland Gov Larry Hogan has signed $50million emergency legislation to fight coronavirus.

Six people have tested positive for the bug in Maryland, where Six Flags America is based.

New York, where Buffalo-based Six Flags Darien Lake, and Lake George's Great Escape and Indoor Waterpark operate, has so far seen cases spike to 142.

Will theme parks suffer as a result of the coronavirus outbreak?

News agencies report that the coronavirus epidemic is dealing out a "dire financial blow for the travel and tourism industries from airlines and hotels and restaurants to cruise ship companies and conference centers".

Three of the Disney theme parks have closed – Shanghai Disney, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland.

There's no reopening date set for China's two parks while a preliminary date of March 16 has been earmarked for Japan.

In France, Disneyland Paris remains open, despite a staff member testing positive for the bug.

Other theme park companies, like Six Flags and SeaWorld Entertainment, will likely suffer, too, warn news agencies.

Amusement parks could get hit by a double whammy with fewer people willing to travel or willing to be a part of large crowds, particularly while the coronavirus continues to spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel health notices, and information on how to protect yourself from getting and spreading the respiratory illness.


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