Knott's Berry Farm is suspending its Saturday-night chaperone policy, effective immediately. Put in place after an incident last summer, the policy required that guests ages 17 and younger be accompanied by a chaperone at least 21 years old to be admitted to the park at certain times.
In a post on its social media, the park announced: "Knott's Berry Farm's chaperone policy will no longer be in effect on Saturdays. We are always evaluating our safety policies and will continue to make modifications based on the needs and behaviors we are seeing in the park. Safety is and always will be our top priority."
Last July, Knott's closed the park early on a Saturday night after a series of what appeared to be staged fights led to a mass panic. [See Fights Force Early Closure at Knott's Berry Farm.] Knott's implemented the chaperone policy for Friday and Saturday nights the following weekend, leading several other regional parks around the country to enact their own chaperone requirements.
Knott's kept the policy in place for its Scary Farm Halloween event last fall, but sweetened the deal for chaperones by offering them free admission when accompanying five paid guests under age 18.
As alluded in the park's social media statement, policies can change, so we will have to wait to see if Knott's reinstates its chaperone policy in some form during the summer or other school vacation periods. The policy remains on Knott's Code of Conduct page, even if it is no longer being implemented.
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