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Jobs and reopenings. Those are two words the tourism industry hopes to repeat over and over again, as vaccines offer hope for a return to some kind of normal.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp will hire thousands of workers this year as it prepares to reopen its theme parks after pandemic-induced shutdowns, thanks to COVID-19 vaccine rollouts.

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

Arlington, Texas-based Six Flags Entertainment was forced to shut some parks in 2020 and operate others at minimum capacity as rising COVID-19 cases prompted restrictions across the country.

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

Walt Disney Co also laid off more than thirty thousand workers last year and had to close its theme parks for a second time as cases rose in Paris and Southern California.

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

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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Photo credit: The X2 roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles (pictured) will soon be open for business as the theme park operator begins to open up. Jeremy Thompson / Flickr

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