'Please scream inside your heart.' Screaming on roller coasters in Japan are discouraged because of Covid-19
- Japan's theme parks are urging patrons not to yell on roller coasters to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- In a recent video, top executives from one of the country's parks rode a roller coaster in total silence, as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Wednesday.
- The video, which was released by Fuji-Q Highland park, ends with a message: "Please scream inside your heart."
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Between dining, close-quarters rides, and other attractions, the world's amusement parks have their work cut out for them when it comes to reopening safely. And theme parks in Japan, for one, are discouraging screaming on roller coasters to slow the spread of the virus.
To demonstrate proper roller-coaster etiquette, one park, Fuji-Q Highland, recently released a video in which two high-ranking executives stoically ride the park's Fujiyama roller coaster in complete silence, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The video ends with a message to would-be roller-coaster riders: "Please scream inside your heart."
The no-yelling recommendation was included in a set of reopening guidelines released in late May by the East and West Japan Theme Park Associations, which comprises dozens of major park operators. The rules, according to The Wall Street Journal, have been adopted by most of Japan's theme parks.
But people weren't sold that riding roller coasters without screaming would be possible, so Fuji-Q decided to prove it to them.
"We received complaints that the theme park association's request to not make loud noises was impossible and too strict," a Fuji-Q spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. "That's why we decided to release the video."
The theme-park associations' guidelines also suggest more standard safety protocols that have been widely adopted by businesses around the world, such as face-mask requirements, temperature checks, reduced capacities, and an emphasis on social distancing.
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