Masks a must: Six Flags shares what social distancing will look like at its parks -- including in San Antonio

Parks will use thermal imaging among other measures in effort to combat coronavirus spread

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HOUSTON – Though Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio isn’t opening yet, its parent company has announced what opening the theme park could look like.

In a news release, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation said everyone will have to wear masks to enter its parks and detailed plans to open Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 5 -- with measures that it plans to expand to its other parks, presumably including the one in San Antonio.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has entered Phase II of reopening Texas, which includes reopening water parks, among other facilities on May 29. As of this writing, Six Flags has not announced when it will reopen its park in San Antonio.

In addition to requiring masks, the park said it will use online reservations to manage attendance, scheduling guests for entry by day and staggering arrival times.

The park explained it will also use thermal imaging for temperature checks, employ touchless bag checks, and expand mobile food ordering.

The company said in its news release that its plan -- developed with epidemiologist consultants -- “meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines (and) sets standards for executing at the highest levels of hygiene and social distancing protocols.”

“Because our parks cover dozens or even hundreds of acres, we can easily manage guest throughput to achieve proper social distancing,” Six Flags president and CEO Mike Spanos is quoted as saying in the news release. “We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes best practices from theme park and waterpark industry experts, along with top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest possible way. This ’new normal’ will be very different, but we believe these additional measures are appropriate in the current environment.”

Here are a few promotional photos and a video released by Six Flags of what that “new normal” could look like:

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