Brief: California water parks set to reopen under new health guidelines

Under new state guidelines, waterparks are now allowed to open in limited capacities.

The return of water parks is sure to bring a splash of fun for families and friends in the summer, following the reopening of amusement parks.

Revised state guidelines that went into effect on April 28 stipulate how all water parks will operate under new protocols. With California being in the least restrictive yellow tier, aqua parks and pools will open with 25 percent limited capacity. Hurricane Harbor will also utilize the same extensive safety measures employed at Six Flags Magic Mountain, which include several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees.

“As warmer temperatures return this year, we are excited to offer guests a safe, outdoor environment for fun in the sun,” Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor Park President Don McCoy said in a statement. “Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is a great place to enjoy some of the most thrilling water slide attractions in Southern California with friends and family.”

Protocols for safe operation of rides include adding easy-to-identify distance markers at all water slide lines, regularly sanitizing handrails throughout the day and masks remaining on except when utilizing a slide or attraction.

Guests without a face covering must remain 6 feet from people who are not in the same household. Masks will be provided to visitors throughout the park in need of one.

Although visitors do not have to wear masks while eating or drinking, Hurricane Harbor officials highly encourage guests to keep a 6-foot distance while doing so or when in the water.

Some of the health screenings for guests and team members include contactless infrared thermal imaging, used to screen people’s temperatures prior to entry. Advanced security technology will also allow for touchless bag checks.

Hurricane Harbor will be open exclusively for season pass holders on May 15-16, while general admission will be offered to guests beginning May 22.

Megan Reyes