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After roller coaster year, Six Flags prepares theme park hiring spree

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Feb 19 (Reuters) - Six Flags Entertainment Corp willhire thousands of workers this year as it prepares to reopen itstheme parks after pandemic-induced shutdowns, thanks to COVID-19vaccine rollouts.

The company, known for roller coaster rides such as the ElToro, Batman the Ride and Bizarro, said on Friday it wasplanning on reopening all of its 26 theme parks in North Americaand that it would hire workers for its parks virtually.

Arlington, Texas-based Six Flags Entertainment was forced toshut some parks in 2020 and operate others at minimum capacityas rising COVID-19 cases prompted restrictions across thecountry.

That forced the theme park operator to cut its full-timeworkforce by about 10% in October.

Walt Disney Co also laid off more than thirtythousand workers last year and had to close its theme parks fora second time as cases rose in Paris and SouthernCalifornia.

Six Flags Entertainment said it was working with state andgovernment officials to set reopening dates for parks inCalifornia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mexico City and Canada.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by AdityaSoni)