Japan just recently emerged from the state of emergency imposed due to the spread of the pandemic. With the lift of emergency, major amusement parks in the country are gradually welcoming guests again. But with a big request: no screaming on roller coasters, please.
This announcement comes as a new set of guidelines penned by more than 30 major theme park authorities to ensure safety for both the guests and the staff, CNN reports. Goes without saying, Japan has some of the best roller coaster rides in the world. In fact, Japan comes third, after China and the US in terms of the wildest rides. Keeping mum while riding them, well, it is difficult.
Apparently, the keep-shut rule comes as a way to prevent droplets — a major source of COVID-19 spread — from coming out from people’s mouths while shouting. Other measures will stay in its place like extra sanitation, mandatorily wearing masks, regular temperature checks, and so on.
Not only there is this bizarre request preventing guests from cheering on rides, but some guidelines also ask the park staff to keep at least one-meter distance from the visitors, since they can’t wear the masks, given the nature of their work, like the haunted house staff, according to CNN.
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Some major theme parks are backing the decision including Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea operator Oriental Land Company, Universal Studios Japan along with the East and West Japan Theme Park Associations that is made up of 30+ theme park operators.
“As a new style of customer service, even when you’re wearing a mask, you can use a combination of smiley eyes, hand gestures, etc., to communicate with visitors,” a part of the suggestion reads. It also states customer service will be compromised to some extent since conversations will be kept as less as possible.
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Japan blocked entry to theme parks back in February to prevent the spread of the disease. Some parks are gradually opening, while some are opening with restrictions on the entry of guests withing the country.
Japan is not the only country where masks are being encouraged in amusement parks. In US as well, theme parks like Six Flags and Universal Studios are encouraging the same as well.
Japan has documented nearly 17k coronavirus infections with 886 deaths. The country just recently announced reporting it’s frontiers for international tourists hailing from countries with low rates of coronavirus infection like Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand.
What do you think about the request to keep the mouth shut on a roller coaster? Would you endorse it, or skip the ride altogether? Let us know your thought in the comments.