The theme park business in Denmark is getting ready to reopen after months of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the virus remains active, theme parks have been forced to re-imagine the experience of their guests in compliance with safety and sanitary precautions that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
According to the OC Register Reports, high-speed rides, fast-spinning attractions, and roller coasters may only admit one party per ride, in order to promote social distancing measures. One of the biggest concerns with roller coasters is that microscopic droplets can spread from rider to rider through screams—which thrill-riders are prone to—and authorities are concerned that this will promote a fast spread of the virus.
The safety measures will result in riders getting more space on the rides, but it will also increase the wait time and lines.
Other countries like Japan are starting to implement similar measures. According to Fox News and the East Japan and West Japan Amusement Park Association, riders are expected to follow a number of guidelines set to prioritize their health and sanitation. Some of these guidelines include reduced capacity, increased cleaning, the installment of handwashing stations, pre-selling tickets, and wearing face coverings at all times.
The return of the roller coaster in Denmark and Japan could be a glimpse into the future of theme parks all over the world as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.