California Attractions and Parks Association releases a statement on No Screaming Policy

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We recently reported that California was recommending theme park visitors not scream while on roller coasters. The California Attractions & Park Association has now released a statement pertaining to this “no screaming” recommendation.

Related – No screaming allowed on Coasters in California

The CAPA released the statement through a series of tweets. Here is the full statement:

“California’s amusement parks are excited to reopen responsibly under the recently released state guidance for the amusement park industry. These guidelines do not require parks to prohibit screaming.

When the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy was released in August, it identified a range of risk criteria for all industries to address, including:

Ability to limit activities that are known to cause increased spread (e.g. singing, shouting, heavy breathing; loud environs will cause people to raise voice).

The responsible reopening plan that CAPA released in September addressed that risk criteria as follows

Face covering usage and/or modifications to seat loading patterns will be required on amusement park rides to mitigate the effects of shouting. Additionally, on rides, guests generally face in one direction.

CAPA has never suggested or recommended limiting shouting, yelling, or screaming on an amusement park ride.”

As we previously reported, the State of California’s Blueprint For a Safer Economy states in the reopening guidelines for theme parks that the parks should have the ability to “limit activities that are known to cause increased spread,” including shouting. CAPA’s own reopening plan states that they will address these concerns by enforcing face masks on all theme park rides and possibly stagger seating on rides.

Related – Disneyland & California Adventure Reopening on April 30th!

Disneyland has not included “no screaming” in their reopening guidelines. So, for now, screaming is still allowed on thrill rides! Stay tuned for any changes or updates.


Sara