No shouting, please: Japan Amusement Parks Issue New Kovid-19 Guide

No shouting, please: Japan Amusement Parks Issue New Kovid-19 Guide

(CNN) – Excited explorers in Japan will soon be able to enjoy their favorite roller coasters again as amusement parks across the country are now reopening.

But they have a request they can fight: not shout.

As Japan lifts the state of emergency this week, multiple major theme park operators have introduced guidelines on how to protect both guests and staff facing the Covid-19.

Theme parks in Japan have issued guidelines advising visitors to move around and wear masks, making the scene a thing of the past.

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In addition to emphasizing the importance of social distance, many of the items suggest the expected, enhanced sanitizing system, regular body temperature tests, and the use of masks.

However, some items will probably surprise the audience. For example, a suggestion that theme parks encourage visitors to avoid shouting or cheering at outdoor attractions, including roller coasters – is a tough question, considering how wild some rides in the country are.

The guidelines further state that if some employees find it difficult to wear masks due to the nature of their work – for example recreational, such as haunted house workers – they should be kept at least one meter away from the audience.

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Visitors wearing masks board a roller coaster at the Tochinoki Family Land Amusement Park on May 17, 2020, in Utsunomia, Tochigi, Japan.

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Customer service may also be compromised, note the guidelines, as the conversation should be kept as short as possible.

“As a new style of customer service, you can use a combination of smiling eyes, hand gestures, etc. to communicate with visitors even when you are wearing a mask,” says one of the suggestions.

The guidelines were issued by the East and West Japan Theme Park Associations, which consists of more than 30 major amusement park operators, including Japan’s Oriental Land Company (operators of Tokyo Disneyland and Disney City) and Universal Studios Japan.

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Legoland Japan reopens to visitors in Nagoya on May 23, 2020.

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Excluding published guidelines, some amusement parks have their own rules.

Fuji-Qi Highland, A theme park at the foot of Fuji Mountain that is famous for its haunted house experience, only opening to its outdoor attractions and only allowing visitors from the Yamanshi, Nagano, Niigata and Shizuoka regions to enter.

Japan’s main theme parks have been closed since early February in response to the Kovid-19 outbreak. Although some Japanese theme parks have begun to welcome guests back, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Japan have not yet announced reopening dates.

CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki contributed to this report.

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