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Six Flags will reopen its first park in Oklahoma on June 5, requiring all attendees to wear masks and undergo temperature checks, making it one of the first major theme parks in the U.S. to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

KEY FACTS

Frontier City in Oklahoma City, will reopen with limited capacity and gradually increase attendance levels through June.

The park will only be open to members and season pass holders June 5-7, after which the general public will be allowed in.

All attendees over the age of 2 will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks.

Visitors who don’t have a mask will have the option of purchasing one at the front gate.

Distancing markers will be added throughout the park and people will be separated by empty rows or seats on rides.

Though the number of positive tests as a percentage of total tests is trending down, statewide cases increased 14% over the last two weeks days, according to CovidExitStrategy, a dashboard built by public health officials who served in the Obama and Trump administrations.

Crucial quote

 “Frontier City, like all Six Flags parks, is an outdoor attraction that poses a significantly lower risk of exposure than indoor venues … Because our parks cover dozens or even hundreds of acres, we can easily manage guest throughput to achieve proper social distancing,” said Six Flags President and CEO Mike Spanos.

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Masks have become part of the culture wars, as some defiantly choose to go mask-free because, they say, such public health requirements infringe on their personal freedom. The view is shared by President Donald Trump, who refuses to wear a mask at public events despite his own government’s recommendation to do so.

KEY BACKGROUND

Six Flags’ safety measures resemble Disney
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, which opened a part of its Florida resort last week. Disney Springs, the shopping, dining and entertainment district inside Disney World’s Orlando resort also requires guests to wear masks and includes hand washing stations, social distancing markers on the ground, propped-open trash cans to ensure no touching and a temperature check in a parking garage.

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