Six Flags has closed its Mexico theme park until at least May 5 as a result of the swine flu outbreak in the country.
Mexican authorities last week ordered the closure of many non-essential businesses such as restaurants and cinemas, and the park (in Mexico City) falls into this category. However, the government has since stated that the outbreak is easing, and that restaurants could reopen from Wednesday, May 6. The theme park could therefore reopen then, or on May 7 when museums will be allowed to open their doors again.
The outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu strain is thought to have begun in Mexico where over 100 people have died, but has since spread to numerous other countries. Investigations into the severity and likely impact of the virus are ongoing, with reports last week that it could be a relatively "mild" strain.
With the current level of coverage of the swine flu outbreak it is still extremely difficult to tell what the real impact will be and to separate facts from media hype. Theme Park Tourist will do our best to keep you updated on the latest travel advice to theme park hotspots such as Florida and California as the situation unfolds, and to avoid unnecessary scaremongering.
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