As theme parks have reopened in Japan, one new rule has visitors thrown for a loop: No screaming on roller coasters.
It may seem like an odd request when riders are going up and down, upside-down and sideways at high speeds. But intense vocal expressions are thought to produce droplets that could spread the coronavirus.
A consortium of Japanese theme parks developed the rule so they could reopen with precautions after closing due to the pandemic. However, as The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, theme park goers are having a hard time following it.
In response, two executives from the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park appeared in a four-minute video where they rode the park’s Fujiyama coaster in complete silence.
“Please scream inside your heart,” the video advises at its conclusion.
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U.S. theme parks have issued no guidance for screaming on roller coasters. They have required social distancing, temperature checks and face masks.
Disneyland was supposed to reopen on July 17, but that has been delayed with coronavirus cases on the rise in California.