Amusement parks prepare to reopen from Friday | Pune News

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Pune: Amusement parks are putting various security measures in place to comply with Covid-19 protocols after the state government allowed them to reopen from October 22.
The permission, however, is only for dry parks, not for water sports or activities. Amusement parks have been closed since March 2020 but were allowed to reopen later in December until April 2021, then closed again in the middle of the second wave.
Rajiv Jalnapurkar, President of the Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI), said: “The association formed a committee made up of scientists and doctors who developed specific SOPs for amusement parks. in addition to those issued by the government. This is to ensure the greatest safety of our customers and our staff. According to Jalnapurkar, the guidelines are location specific with details on implementing social distancing while retaining the experience as much as possible, as many people visit these locations with family and friends.
Jalnapurkar said that many amusement parks have suffered significant losses in terms of income and human resources in the past 18 months. “We are investing a lot of time in training staff with the intention of retaining them, but many have resigned with the closure of the parks,” he said.
Amusement park managers have also found ways to minimize queues at rides and implement social distancing.
Rayomand Irani, COO, Della Adventure and Resorts, Lonavala, said, “Our maximum capacity is 1000 people, but we will only allow a certain number of people through online and offline pass sales to avoid overcrowding and congestion on busy days such as weekends. . ”
According to Irani, disinfectant dispensers have been placed around the park. “We will also disinfect and clean all common surfaces at regular intervals,” Irani added.
Dhimant Bakshi, co-CEO of Imagicaaworld Entertainment Limited, Khopoli, said fully vaccinated customers and those who have taken at least one dose will be encouraged to visit those at risk, such as those over the age of 65 or under 10 years of age, and symptomatic people, it will be advisable to stay at home.
“We are also introducing a ‘virtual queue’ where guests can virtually join a ride queue through our app and be notified of their turn. This will help regulate the flow of customers per trip while indirectly minimizing congestion and mitigating any risk. All rides will be frequently disinfected and disinfectants placed in convenient locations, ”Bakshi said.
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