group of amusement park operators in Japan has released guidelines about visitors screaming in their parks. This is after Japan's government asked companies to prepare for "new normal" and for life with COVID-19. guidelines instruct park owners on how to operate safely in our coronavirus world. One of guidelines is no screaming on rollercoasters or in haunted houses. Scientists have said that using voice to sing, scream or shout increases amount of virus that infected person can put into air. Staying quiet or talking quietly reduces risk of spreading virus. The park guidelines say visitors should, "refrain from vocalizing loudly" on all rides.
Japan's amusement parks are slowly reopening as coronavirus emergency was lifted earlier this week. country's biggest theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), remain closed. They have been closed since beginning of March. They have not set date for reopening. When they do open, they will likely follow guidelines. Other recommendations include mask wearing and social distancing. One piece of advice stated: "Ghosts lurking in haunted houses should maintain healthy distance from their 'victims'". In addition, all park staff, including those dressed as mascots and superheroes, should not shake hands or high-five anyone.