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Please don’t shout: Japanese amusement parks are issuing new Covid 19 guidelines



(CNN) – Thrill-seekers in Japan will soon be able to enjoy their favorite roller coasters again as amusement parks across the country reopen.

But there is one request that they might have to deal with: no screaming.

After Japan lifted the state of emergency this week, a group of large theme park operators has introduced a number of guidelines on how to ensure the safety of guests and employees in the face of Covid-19.

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Theme parks in Japan have issued guidelines that require visitors to remain calm and wear masks while driving, making scenes like this a thing of the past.

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Many of the points can be expected as they recommend increased disinfection measures, regular body temperature checks and the use of face masks, while emphasizing the importance of social distance.

But some things will likely surprise visitors – namely, a proposal that theme parks encourage visitors to ride outdoor attractions, including roller coasters, so as not to scream or cheer – a difficult question considering how wild some of the rides are Landes are.

The guidelines also state that when employees find it difficult to wear masks because of their work – for example, entertainers such as haunted house staff – they should be at least one meter away from visitors.

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Visitors wearing face masks ride a roller coaster at the Tochinoki Family Land amusement park on May 17, 2020 in Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan.

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Customer service can also be affected. Follow the guidelines as the conversations should be kept as short as possible.

“As a new type of customer service, even if you wear a mask, you can use a combination of smiley eyes, hand gestures, etc. to communicate with visitors,” said one of the suggestions.

The guidelines were issued by the East and West Japan theme park associations, which are made up of more than 30 major amusement park operators in Japan, including the Oriental Land Company (operator of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea) and Universal Studios Japan.

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

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Aside from the published guidelines, some amusement parks have introduced their own rules.

The Fuji-Q Highland, a theme park at the foot of Mount Fuji, known for its haunted house experience, only opens its outdoor attractions and only allows visitors who live in the Yamanashi, Nagano, Niigata and Shizuoka prefectures.

Major theme parks in Japan were closed in February to combat the spread of Covid-19. Although some Japanese theme parks are welcoming guests again, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Japan have not yet announced reopening dates.

CNN’s Yoko Wakatsuki contributed to this report.


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