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These are the Safety Precautions Six Flags Parks are Taking Upon Reopening

These are the Safety Precautions Six Flags Parks are Taking Upon Reopening

Face masks, temperature checks, and reduced admission are some of the safety precautions Six Flags Great Adventure is taking to keep you and your family safe.


Six Flags Great Adventure reopened at the beginning of July and Hurricane Harbor—the franchise's waterpark—reopened for the 2020 season on July 23. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s opening guidelines for amusement parks, Six Flags Great Adventure began operating at reduced attendance levels. Both parks are gradually increasing attendance levels.

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Both parks are implementing extensive new safety and hygiene protocols, including new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. In order to manage attendance, guests must make online reservations to guarantee entry, and there will be staggered arrival times to minimize the exposure to other guests. 

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“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes protocols designed by theme park and waterpark industry experts, along with best practices from top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest way possible. This ’new normal’ will be different in some ways, but we believe these additional measures are appropriate in the current environment,” says Six Flags president and CEO Mike Spanos.

New health and safety protocols that comply with CDC and state guidelines will be implemented into the parks, including state-of-the-art thermal imaging for temperature checks, advanced security screening technology for touch-less bag checks, and mobile food orders. Guests must adhere to a new list of safety guidelines and requirements regarding:

  • Screening and temperature checks: Guests can expect contactless IR thermal imaging to screen temperatures. Individuals will also be asked if they have recently been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Face masks: All guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth. Face masks will be available for purchase at the front gate. Masks will not be required on waterslides, water attractions, or in pools.
  • Social distancing: There will be easy to identity distance marks in all park entry, ride, restroom, retail location and dining lines. Dining areas will be adjusted to allow space between parties. Guests will also be separated by empty rows and/or seats on all rides and attractions. Capacity at indoor venues will be reduced.
  • Sanitization and disinfecting: Team members will frequently sanitize and disinfect high-touch points. Multiple hand-washing and alcohol-based hand-sanitizer stations will be located throughout the park. 
  • Food preparation and service: Mobile food ordering will be implemented to facilitate touchless transactions. Beverages will be served by attendants; any drink bottle refills will be served in a paper cup each time guests refill.
  • Online reservations: Six Flags will establish attendance caps that will be well below the park’s theoretical capacity in order to allow for proper social distancing. All Members, Season Pass Holders and all guests with a single-day or group ticket will need to make a reservation at www.sixflags.com/reserve
  • Life jackets: A limited number of complimentary lifejackets will be available upon request and will be sanitized after every guest use. However, families are encouraged to provide their own coastguard-approved lifejackets for children under 42 inches or for those who are not strong swimmers.

The parks' significant changes are designed to improve visitors overall park experience, while keeping guests and employees safe. Park officials ensure that the parks’ reopening plan meets or exceeds the sanitization, hygiene, and social distanced guidelines issued by federal, state and local governments. 



The park will also offer “mask break zones” in select locations to provide socially-distanced areas for guests who wish to temporarily remove their masks.

For more information about Six Flag Great Adventure’s opening and to reserve tickets online, visit sixflags.com/greatadventure. The park has also included a safety video and guide, found here, to encourage safety protocols for park re-opening.

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Sophia Martini

Author: Sophia Martini is a summer intern at Davler Media Group/NYMetroParents, and a rising senior at Syracuse University. She is a true citizen of the world, as she has traveled to five continents, lived in Madrid, and has friends throughout the globe. During her free time, you will find her in the sun, dancing, and sipping some of her favorite rosé. See More

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