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No more screaming on roller-coaster rides at the amusement parks of Japan, says a new set of guidelines issued in the light of COVID-19 pandemic. By Tanvi Jain

 

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The amusement parks of Japan have come up with new set of safety guidelines in the light of COVID-19 pandemic, which bars visitors from screaming during roller-coaster rides, etc. It also suggests that those whose nature of work makes it difficult to wear a mask such as entertainers should maintain a distance of at least one metre from the visitors. These guidelines have been issued by the East and West Japan Theme Park Associations, which comprises of Japan’s over 30 major amusement park operators. 

“While using roller coaster rides, encourage visitors to wash their hands and use a hand sanitiser. Encourage visitors to wear masks and refrain from speaking loudly, which will prevent splashes. Encourage visitors to strictly adhere to ‘basic infection control measures’ and provide appropriate service such as temperature measurement. At that time, do not speak as much as possible and keep an interval of at least one to two metres,” The Independent quoted. 

 

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Other guidelines issued by parks include regular temperature checks, limited capacity, masks, no physical gestures such as hugging or high-fiving, even with park’s staff members dressed up as animals or superheroes, proper sanitisation of glasses before being worn for virtual reality shows, and no toys or food samples to be kept out by vendors in order to avoid touch by youngsters, kids, etc. 

“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,” mentioned The CNN. 

“These guidelines will not bring infections to zero, but will reduce the risk of infection,” theme park operators told AFP. 

 

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Apart from this, separate theme parks have introduced separate guidelines as per their requirements. For example- Fuji-Q Highland based on the foot of Fuji Mountains has not yet opened its gates for all and as of now is only permitting visitors who are residents of Yamanashi, Nagano, Niigata and Shizuoka prefectures. However, other theme parks such as Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Japan, have still not confirmed their reopening dates. 

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