The Universal Studios Japan movie theme park will prohibit visitors from giving high-fives or hugs to staff members in character costumes when it reopens Monday, the operator said Thursday.

The park in Osaka will also urge customers to avoid being too close to each other as part of measures against the novel coronavirus revealed to the press.

Visitors will be required to wear face masks, and those with body temperatures of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher will be denied entry. They will be asked to stand 1 meter away from each other when lining up for an attraction, and roller-coaster riders will be seated in every other row.

“We want to create a new way of enjoying the park together with visitors,” a park representative said.

USJ has been shut since late February due to the coronavirus epidemic and will initially limit the scope of visitors to annual pass holders living in Osaka Prefecture who make reservations.

People other than pass holders will be able to visit starting June 15 if they have advance tickets, and visitors from the nearby prefectures of Kyoto, Hyogo, Shiga, Nara and Wakayama will be granted entry starting June 19.


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