Just recently made available is “Reopening Guidance: Considerations for the Global Attractions Industry,” a fairly comprehensive, 36-page document produced by the Orlando-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, which is “intended to provide information to those in the industry and other interested parties and to assist in operating attractions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic”
Focusing primarily on the needs of attractions sector, IAAPA says that “not all of these considerations will apply to your operation or facility type; however, the information outlined is intended to help you develop or review the plan that will work best for your attraction,” and cautions readers that the guide is “not intended and is not designed to serve as an industry best practice and should not in any manner be considered a best practice for the attractions industry.”
Still, it is a valuable document that those for the travel and tourism industry, of which the attractions sector is a part, and it is worth reviewing. Here, INBOUND shares the document’s introductory summary.
Summary of Topline Considerations for Reopening
These considerations regard operational adjustments for facilities to consider before reopening prior to the development of a treatment or widely accessible vaccine for COVID-19. They will be adjusted and simplified as time goes on, conditions improve, and new best practices are identified.
These considerations are designed to be a rough outline, subject to discussion and adjustment as needed with input from the local government agencies and health authorities where the attraction operates. If government guidance is more stringent than this document, you should follow government guidance. You may want to share this document with government officials to assist them in developing their guidelines for unique attractions.
Topline Considerations for Reopening
1. Allow healthy people to enjoy the facility and encourage the use of masks/face coverings for guests and staff.
2. Provide means to wash/sanitize hands frequently.
3. Manage density of people within the facility to keep people or family units that have been isolating together 6 feet (2 meters) apart. Physical distancing guidelines may vary by region and can be reduced by wearing of masks/ face coverings—ensure your plan is aligned with local official guidance.
4. Reduce touch areas where possible and sanitize high touch surfaces frequently.
5. Protect employees with various approaches, including barriers, protective coverings, and distancing.
6. Communicate with employees and guests effectively on how to prevent the spread of germs.
7. Have a plan in the event a guest or employee falls ill on site.
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