No Screaming Allowed
As Japan begins to re-open after battling back the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's amusement parks -- and yes, even it's most spine-tingling roller coasters -- have a new rule: no screaming.
The Wall Street Journal reports two of the highest-ranking executives at the massive Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, Daisuke Iwata and Koichiro Horiuchi, recently shot a promotional video on which they rode the park’s number-one attraction, the Fujiyama roller coaster.
Despite the coaster's massive, more than 23-story drop, the mask-wearing men remained tight-lipped.
A caption for the video reads, "Please scream inside your heart."
The prohibition against screaming -- which is also in effect at Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka -- was put in place to try to stop park goers from launching tiny water droplets as they yell, potentially spreading the coronavirus.
Some park-goers weren't convinced. "There's just no way not to scream," college student Rika Matsuura told the paper on a visit to Tokyo Disneyland, which recently re-opened after a four-month shutdown. "It's kind of torture to be back at your favorite place in the world and to not be able to scream and enjoy everything 100%."
Disney Parks stateside are starting to re-open and also have enacted increased safety measures. But while fans will be required to wear masks, nobody is going to tell you not to scream.
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