CORONAVIRUS UTAH

Visitors Now Required To Wear Face Masks In ‘Ride Queues’ At Lagoon

Jun 15, 2020, 7:04 PM | Updated: Nov 2, 2022, 6:14 pm

FARMINGTON, Utah — Face masks are now required in the “ride queues” at Lagoon. The change officially went into effect Monday after park officials made the announcement over the weekend. 

Park guests, for the most part, seemed to be on board with the change, but not everyone was happy about it. 

Managers at Lagoon said with the coronavirus, everything is fluid and changes happen.

They made the announcement Saturday, but not everyone felt that gave them enough notice to adjust or change their plans.

Take a quick snapshot and Lagoon still very much looks and sounds like an amusement park, but it’s also easy to see how COVID-19 has made its mark there. 

“It’s very well advertised — what you need to bring and how things are going to work,” said visitor Emily Kirkham.

Emily Kirkham and Alejandro Polendo got word Saturday that they’d have to bring their masks and be ready to wear them once inside the metal line queues.

“Especially with us, to protect our elderly, who are still out and about here and whatnot, so I think it’s just a great idea that they’ve been implementing,” Polendo said.

But open the view a bit further, and Katelyn Holman said you’ll see it’s not easy for everyone to make that quick adjustment.

“My kids are super bummed. I mean, I was showing them all the rides on the website,” said Holman. “My kids have asthma and allergies, and from their allergist or asthma doctor, he says that they shouldn’t be wearing masks because of the reduced oxygen flow for them.”

She bought tickets last week, and planned to go to Lagoon Monday after traveling from Washington State. 

FILE (KSL-TV) FILE PHOTO A number of parents voiced concern Thursday during a Salt Lake County Board of Health meeting addressing masks in schools. Vaccines among children were just one concern parents brought up during the public comment section of the meeting.

Director of Special Events at Lagoon, Julie Freed said they take those on a case-by-case basis.

“We talk almost daily, meeting weekly, just to make sure that we’re doing the best for Davis County and for the state of Utah,” Freed said.

She said they made this move in agreement with the Davis County Health Department, adding not everyone was happy with it.

“Luckily, the people that are coming here today want to be wearing masks,” Freed said. “We’ve heard a little bit on both sides.”

Unfortunately for Holman, between her and her five kids, she said she’s out about $300.

“I would think that as a business, you would try to work with people at this time,” Holman said.

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Visitors Now Required To Wear Face Masks In ‘Ride Queues’ At Lagoon