Let amusement parks operate at 50% capacity: IAAPI
   Date :13-Jan-2022

IAAPI
 
Business Bureau :
 
The industry was only allowed to reopen from October 22, 2021 after the second wave and its has barely been two months of its reopening that it has been closed down again. This is going to be a fatal blow to the industry as huge investments and manpower planning had been undertaken to restart parks which was closed for over a year, Jalnapurkar said 
 
AMUSEMENT Park industry which provides outdoor recreation will once remain close as per the latest notification issued by Government Maharashtra to prevent spread of Omicron variant of COVID-19. Rajeev Jalnapurkar, Chairman, Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) and Director Ramoji Film City said, “On behalf of the industry, we demand the State Government to allow amusement parks, water parks and theme parks to operate on 50 per cent capacity as allowed to indoor venues like malls, cinemas, restaurants, gyms, saloons etc., for survival and employment retention in the industry.” The amusement industry is first to close and last to reopen as per all previous lockdowns and unlocks are concerned.
 
The industry was only allowed to reopen from October 22, 2021 after the second wave and its has barely been two months of its reopening that it has been closed down again. This is going to be a fatal blow to the industry as huge investments and manpower planning had been undertaken to restart parks which was closed for over a year, Jalnapurkar said. He further emphasised that entry to entertainment parks is highly priced based on rides and attractions with online registration to avoid crowd at the entry gate, unlike tourist spots, zoos, museums, forts which are either free or low priced and therefore the visitors to amusement parks are lesser in numbers and are better regulated. The industry had been adhering to all prescribed SOPs and guidelines issued by Ministries of Home Affairs, Health and Tourism Department of the State and will continue to do so.
 
IAAPI has also prepared detailed SOPs for the benefit of its industry members, he said. Maharashtra has over 37 large and small entertainment parks employ on an average 13,000 direct and 52,000 indirect people. The industry is an integral part of the State tourism sector and needs constant support, Jalnapurkar added. Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries is the national apex body for amusement park, theme park, water park, indoor amusement centres of the country.