Are amusement parks safe now? What you should know to lower the risk

Excerpt from by Kristen Rogers

Coronavirus spreads through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying the virus, virus accumulated in or flowing through the air or surfaces contaminated with the virus. Because of that, the risk levels of amusement parks depend on the safety modifications they take to reduce Covid-19 risk, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for traveling amusement parks and carnivals.

That can apply to permanent amusement parks, too, said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
“If the amusement park is entirely outdoors and you’re going at a time when it’s not a bunch of people packed into a very small space, if you can keep some pretty good physical distancing, and if masks are required, I would feel pretty good about going,” Wen said. “That changes if any of those factors are not there.
“If it’s outdoors, there’s going to be very good air circulation. We now know that surfaces are not the major issue.”