A guideline was released as part of the countermeasure to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in Japan, which included no shouting when going on extreme, adrenaline-pumping rides in amusement parks.
The “Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Infection of the Novel Coronavirus,” which was posted by Mie Prefecture’s Nagashima Resort on its website, suggested a list of health security measures on what parks must do to curb the spread of the virus once they reopen, according to SoraNews24.
It included a face mask policy, putting a limit to how many people can enter the parks, a temperature check at the gates, and also admission refusal to anyone with a fever. For the entertainment sectors, the guideline also suggested cashless payment systems as well as advance ticket selling to prevent long queues.
However, things became unusual when it came to the rides. In the guidelines, which were prepared by the East Japan and West Japan Theme Park Associations, it wanted park-goers to always wear masks when going on rides and to also avoid shouting or screaming since the coronavirus is an airborne infection.
“The associations would rather not have riders’ breath, saliva, and other mouth-sourced particles flying around,” the new site reported.
This part of the guidelines also covered the indoor attractions, costumed character shows, and haunted houses. Even if something was so terrifying or cute that a person may want to scream “kawaii” from it, guests will be expected to remain in a quiet state of enjoyment or to keep their mouths closed.
In addition, park staff were also urged not to hug and to refrain from doing any sort of physical contact with the guests.
Oriental Land Japan, the company that manages Tokyo Disneyland, and USJ, the one that oversees Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan, expressed agreement to the guidelines posted by the associations.
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