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Middle East & Africa


MENALAC members establish re-opening strategy


As the economies of the Middle East countries are gradually re-opening, the Middle East North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC) has started working on a set of recommended minimum standards before re-opening.


T


he Covid-19 crisis forced all leisure tourism attraction facilities to shut down in March 2020 as part of a worldwide precautionary measure


to stop the spread of the Covid-19. Most amusement park operators are now fi nalising risk assessment and response plans as part of their re-opening strategy: developing new standard operating procedures and re-deploying and training staff. They will also be measuring the impact of social distancing, health and safety procedures and on pricing and ticketing. Middle East and North Africa Leisure Attractions


Council (MENALAC) believes a robust re-opening strategy that takes into account the new health, safety and social distancing regime will help the Middle East’s leisure attraction facilities - including amusement parks, theme parks, family entertainment centres and cinema theatres - to regain customer confi dence and bounce back after the planned re-opening of the economy. Recommended minimum standards MENALAC, the leisure and entertainment industry council representing the Middle East’s growing leisure attractions sector, has asked its Health and Safety


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Committee to draft a set of recommended minimum standards and procedures for its members before re-opening of these facilities. “The Covid-19 crisis has changed the whole world


and our industry is no exception. Consumers will have to continue social distancing in all public facilities till the situation improves,” said Silvio Liedtke, vice-president of MENALAC. “As governments ease restrictions and enable our industry to get back on our feet, it becomes our collective responsibility to ensure that we all take adequate measures for a prolonged period of time so that we don’t need to go through a lockdown yet again. “Our Health and Safety Committee is working on


a recommended minimum standards and procedures programme for operations to follow. This will be shared with all the members in due course and will also be posted on our website for members to refer to. “We urge members and operators to follow these


recommended standards in conjunction with the standards that are specifi cally prescribed by authorities in their city/country of operation. In addition to this, there will be a wealth of other useful information that


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