Japanese theme parks have requested visitors refrain from screaming while on rides as the parks move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The new rule is part of a wide-ranging set of guidelines released by an association of theme park operators in Japan which aim to minimise risks of spreading the virus and ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
Many of the new guidelines, proposed by the East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Associations, are expected, with guests and employees encouraged to frequently use hand sanitiser, wear face masks and pass temperature checks prior to admittance. The parks will also be operating at reduced capacity and undergo increased cleanings.
While most of the safety measures are ones put in place in many other parts of the world, the amusement parks are unique in asking that visitors riding rides “refrain from speaking loudly”.
Under a section for roller coasters and other attractions, the guidelines state: “At the time of use, 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”.