This new coronavirus landscape we live in has been an adjustment. People have been buying inflatable suits to hug their loved ones. Restaurants have used mannequins and bumper tables to keep people apart. Enter: Japan. Japan has some new approaches when it comes to daily life. And that includes roller coasters. Japan has been doing pretty well with coronavirus and lifted its emergency order this week, leading to reopenings including amusement parks. To help prevent the spread of disease as people interact again, theme parks in Japan have asked that you kindly not scream when you’re on roller coasters. Fearfully shitting your pants is fine, though.
CNN says that new guidelines were issued by the East and West Japan Theme Park Associations, which are made up of 30 major amusement park operators in Japan including Oriental Land Company which runs Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, and Universal Studios Japan. Guidelines include shutting your mouth as much as possible and they ask people to keep conversations to a damn minimum.
“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.”
So hopefully employees aren’t dead behind the eyes like Kendall Jenner on a runway. There are also heightened sanitizing recommendations and regular temperature checks. While some employees can’t wear masks because of their job, like the entertainers, they have to stay at least one meter away from visitors.
But there are also things guests can do to help keep everyone safe. Namely: Shut the fuck up!. The guidelines also include encouraging visitors on outdoor attractions like roller coasters to “avoid shouting or cheering.” Yeah, you should just show how scared you are with “smiley eyes and hand gestures,” and just hope your arm doesn’t get torn off while emoting fear on a 360-degree loop.
We should implement these “shut the hell up” rules in North America too. Scared about that 90-degree drop? Suck it up buttercup! Be tough in the face of danger like that 12-year-old Italian boy when he saw a bear. It’s time for everyone in society to learn how to scream internally. Trust me, it’s a skill!