No screaming on roller coasters, please, say Tokyo Disneyland, other Japanese amusement parks
soranews24.com -- May 27
Amusement park association wants quiet thrill rides, no hugs as part of post-coronavirus closure reopenings.

The coronavirus pandemic has been rough on many businesses, but it’s been especially devastating for amusement parks. Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea, as well as Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan, have been closed since late February, dropping their attendance-related revenues down to zero even during Japan’s Golden Week Spring vacation period that straddles the end of April and beginning of March.

But with infection numbers decreasing, amusement parks are looking ahead to what sort of precautions they’ll need to put in place in order to reopen. To that end, the East Japan and West Japan Theme Park Associations have prepared a document titled “Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Infection of the Novel Coronavirus,” which says it has the agreement of Oriental Land Japan and USJ, the companies that manage Tokyo Disneyland/Disney Sea and Universal Studios Japan, respectively.

The document, which was posted by Mie Prefecture’s Nagashima Resort hot spring facility to its website, lays out a number of suggested policies. A lot of them seem like they’d be pretty easy to implement, such as capping admission to parks and individual attractions, or checking guests’ temperatures at park entrances and denying admission to those with fevers, and also asking all guests to wear masks while inside the park. The associations also ask entertainment facilities to encourage the use of cashless payment systems and advance purchase tickets, to shorten the amount of time spent standing in lines and handling cash.

遊園地が再開された場合、絶叫コースターやお化け屋敷などには注意が必要かもしれません。  そこには業界団体の苦悩がにじんでいました。コロナ対策として打ち出した運営指針です。例えば「ジェットコースターなどでは客に対してマスクの着用、及び大声での発声は控えるように促す」とあります。  ジェットコースターの映像を見ながら考えてみましょう。家にいながら楽しめる、よみうりランドの「おうち遊園地」です何しろ、絶叫マシンといわれるくらいですから思う存分、声を張り上げる。これが、最もスタンダードな楽しみ方の一つでした。ところが、今後は大声での発声は控えるように促す。つまり、声を上げたくなってもじっと我慢。ひたすら我慢、ということになるのでしょうか。  また、お化け屋敷で求められるのはこんな運営です。「お化け役などはできる限り離れて実施する」。お化けにもソーシャルディスタンスが求められる時代。場合によってはマスク姿のお化けも現れるかもしれません。  しかし、もしかすると新しい遊園地の楽しみ方が発明される可能性もあります。声を上げてはいけない、笑ってはいけないなどと言われると、むしろ逆に妙に楽しくなってくる。そんな経験はないでしょうか。  さて、22日に遊園地の休業要請を解除した愛知県では、レゴランドの開園を待つお客さんたちが列を作っています。足元には間隔を空けるための印も付けられています。  遊園地協会は取材に対して「設備・アトラクションは各施設で異なるため、ガイドラインに基づいて各施設で対応をお願いしています」とのこと。よみうりランドは具体的な営業方法について検討しているそうです。
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