Disneyland and other amusement parks are reopening in Japan — but with some bizarre new coronavirus-friendly rules, including no screaming or hugging on exciting rides, according to a report Thursday.
A major theme park association, which represents the operators of Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan, unveiled new “guidelines” for thrill-seekers such as temperature checks at entrances, required face masks and increased sanitation measures, according to CNN.
But some of the rules may be ill-suited for the happiest place on earth, the outlet reports.
“On roller coasters and other conveyance-style attractions … Have guests wear masks, and urge them to refrain from shouting/screaming,” states one of the guidelines, released by The East Japan and West Japan Theme Park Associations, which are made up of more than 30 amusement park operators across the country.
Other regulations require guests to refrain from touching or embracing and asks staffers to keep conversations with visitors short.
“As a new style of customer service, even when you’re wearing a mask, you can use a combination of smiley eyes, hand gestures, etc., to communicate with visitors,” one of the rules states, according to the outlet.
Major theme parks in Japan have been closed since February to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To gear up for reopening, the association released its “Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Infection of the Novel Coronavirus” this week.