Tokyo — As Japan’s theme parks slowly reopen, a group of park operators has released joint regulations on how to operate safely under the threat of the coronavirus.
Thrill-seekers will have to wear masks at all times while on the park premises and will be asked to “refrain from vocalizing loudly” on rollercoasters and other rides.
An additional guideline says that “ghosts” lurking in haunted houses should maintain a safe distance from their “victims.”
Park staff members, including those dressed up as superheroes and stuffed animal mascots, should not shake hands or give high-fives to park goers and maintain an appropriate distance.
Staged-fighting superheroes with evil villains should also avoid whipping up support from spectators to prevent screams. As shouting potentially can cause coronavirus-laden droplets from flying through the air.
Virtual reality attractions should not operate unless the VR glasses or goggles are fully sanitized. And perhaps to parents’ relief, the vendors will be asked to refrain from putting out food samples and toys for kids to touch, play with, or eat.
“These guidelines will not bring infections to zero, but will reduce the risk of infection,” the operators said, encouraging others to continue studying ways to bring down transmission risks.
Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan – Japan’s best-known theme parks in the western city of Osaka are remained closed with no date yet set for reopening.
On Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a nationwide state of emergency after a sharp drop in the number of coronavirus cases in Japan.
Citizens and businesses have been urged to adapt to a “new normal” in the coronavirus era, social distancing, and wearing masks where possible.