No screams please: Japanese funfairs prepare for virus era
Tokyo: No screaming on the rollercoaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero: welcome to Japanese amusement parks in the coronavirus era.
As Japan’s funfairs slowly reopen, a group of park operators have released joint guidelines on how to operate safely under the threat of the virus.
Among the recommendations, thrill-seekers will be asked to wear masks at all times and “refrain from vocalising loudly” on rollercoasters and other rides.
‘Ghosts’ lurking in haunted houses should maintain a healthy distance from their ‘victims’, the guidelines add.
Park staff, including those dressed up as stuffed animal mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or high-five with young fans but maintain an appropriate distance.
Superheroes engaged in fights to the death with evil villains should also avoid whipping up support from spectators to prevent screams — and potentially coronavirus-laden droplets — from flying through the air. – AFP