Turkey’s amusement parks reopen with strict rules against COVID-19

Turkey’s amusement and theme parks reopened on Monday as the Turkish government further eased the COVID-19 restrictions.

The parks across the country started to be operational under a series of measures set by the health ministry and interior ministry to better cope with the pandemic conditions.

Most of them reduced their capacities by 50 percent to follow the social distancing rule carefully, making wearing masks mandatory in the venues, according to local media.

The Adapark, a giant amusement park located in the Bayrampasa district on the European side of Istanbul, has created mounted teams to monitor the COVID-19 precautions across the park more effectively.

The teams are patrolling the venue built over 480,000 square meters to provide customers a safe entertainment, Ismail Cildir, general manager of the Adapark, told Xinhua.

Using hand sanitizers, which can be found at the entrances of every section and next to all machines, is compulsory for the guests.

The Is-fan-bul Theme Park, another popular amusement venue in the city, meanwhile, developed an online system, which would allow customers to buy their tickets through contactless payment methods.

Additionally, the teams of the park at the Eyupsultan district have tested all the units, including swing ride and carousel, by wearing all kinds of protective masks made of different materials before the use of the visitors.

Turkey launched a partial normalization process from the coronavirus restrictions at the beginning of June, allowing restaurants, cafes, and sports facilities to resume their operations. On July 1, internet cafes and wedding halls also reopened under several strict rules against the pandemic.

The country recorded 1,148 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and 19 deaths, raising the total number of infections to 205,758 and the death toll to 5,225.