IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has developed safety guidance for theme parks and attraction sites reopening in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

IAAPA is working in partnership with attractions industry leaders from across the globe, as well as medical professionals and government agencies.

The guidance is designed to help venues assess their current operations and make the necessary changes in the wake of the pandemic.

Hal McEvoy, president and CEO, IAAPA, commented on the safety protocol guidance:

“The health and safety of guests and employees has always been the number-one priority for the global attractions industry.

“Parks and attractions around the world are excited to welcome back their employees and guests. While an attraction visit may be different, and new procedures – such as wearing a face covering – may now be required, it’s critical that guests play an active role and cooperate in following new protocols to ensure everyone continues to have fun, memorable, and safe experiences.”

A key safety measure being implemented by theme parks and attraction sites around the world is booking ahead to allow for physical distancing. Temperature checks may be required at entrances before guests are admitted.

Visitors can expect to wear a face covering to help limit the spread of the virus. Employees at theme parks are also being made to wear masks.

Signs are erected at venues to ensure visitors keep at a safe distance from one another. “Virtual queuing” is also being implemented to help reduce the number of people – and time – spent in lines.

Visitors and employees are also being advised to wash their hands regularly during their visit at the hand sanitiser and hand-washing stations installed throughout sites.

Many parks are also encouraging the use of digital tickets or QR codes for contact-free transactions. Guests are therefore advised to charge their phones before arriving at the venues.