Published on : Monday, April 6, 2020
After months of battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, China has slowly started to experience the taste of victory. Although the fear of the second phase of coronavirus spread remains, Chinese citizens have started moving out of their residences. In addition, many theme parks across the country have started to reopen.
The theme parks have started to open its doors to visitors and are adopting strict measures to prevent further spread of the virus. Chinese medical professionals are also being offered free tickets throughout 2020 in some theme parks.
All visitors have been asked to present their IDs and health QR codes as well as undergo temperature checks before entering park premises. They also have to make a reservation in advance. Wearing masks in parks are also mandatory. Some theme parks have adopted mobile payment instead of cash, as part of their non-contact service to reduce potential risk.
All theme park staff has been ordered to wear masks and have regular temperature checks. All areas including offices, staff dormitories, and entertainment facilities are also highly cleaned and disinfected.
Theme parks have a great opportunity to revive their fortunes and have a good comeback at present due to the Tomb Sweeping Festival, the first national holiday after the Spring Festival.
Several of the company’s ocean parks, like those in Qingdao and Yantai, Shandong province, have already been reopened to tourists, with more set to unlock their doors again. Theme parks like the Haichang ocean park have undertaken strict, real-time monitoring of tourist numbers and will be controlling the outdoor and indoor flows if they surpass the regulated figures.
Shanghai Happy Valley was also reopened on March 20 welcoming around 5,000 visits in the first three days. During the closure, the park has upgraded and improved operations, maintained and adjusted equipment as well as disinfected everything thoroughly. Two weeks before the reopening, they held several emergency drills and trained their staff members for non-contact service.
For the safety of tourists, entertainment equipment will operate with strict rules governing the distance between people and accommodate 40% visitor capacity each time. Distance maintaining signs have also been put signs every 1.5 meters in the waiting areas and seats of recreation equipment to keep distance between visitors.
However, most indoor services and entertainment in these parks remain closed and outdoor activities that require mass gatherings, such as parades are also suspended. Theme parks are also offering ticket discounts and taking strict measures to ensure tourist safety while China fights the final battle against the pandemic.