Strengthening its commitment to maintaining safety and hygiene, Wonderla Kochi has secured COV-Safe certification by Bureau Veritas India under ‘Hygiene Management System’. The certificate was handed over by Mr. Vinod S Panickar, Manager Certification – South India, Bureau Veritas India to Mr. Ravikumar MA, Park Head – Wonderla Kochi, in presence of Mr. Arun T, Assistant Manager – Sales & Marketing, Bureau Veritas & Mr. Ajikrishnan AG, Engineering Head – Wonderla Holidays Ltd.
Wonderla is the first theme park chain in the country to receive this highly coveted certification that will further help reduce the risk of the pandemic for visitors and park employees. Before Wonderla Kochi, Wonderla Bangalore received this certification, making it the first in the chain to receive such an honour.
‘COV-SAFE Hygiene Assessment’ is designed to reassure visitors and employees entering the premises about the good practices in place to prevent contamination during the unlocking phase of any business premise with large people movement. The certification will help Wonderla Kochi as it has taken into consideration areas contributing to lack of hygiene and supporting in mitigating risks, ensuring compliance, prompt procurement and infrastructure planning and employing sanitization measures. ‘COV-SAFE Hygiene Assessment’ is based on the parameters of leadership, risk management, compliance management, personal hygiene, facility hygiene, monitoring measurement & analysis.
Commenting on the development, Mr Arun Chittilapilly, Managing Director, Wonderla Holidays Ltd, said, “This certification is the reflection of our determination to reassure the safety of our visitors, keeping hygiene in check. We are grateful to the public for their support that Wonderla has received after resuming business.”
As part of the procedure, Bureau Veritas first assessed Wonderla Kochi remotely followed by an onsite audit for the hygiene management system. Wonderla Kochi has been awarded a ‘Diamond’ grade certification for meeting the required standards. The certificate is valid for a year, and during this period, the theme park will be assessed every four months.
As part of the Hygiene and Safety Policy of the company, floors are marked to ensure guests can maintain physical distance in rides, restaurants, queue areas and kiosks. Common areas are sanitized every day using hypochlorite solution and the rides are sanitized frequently with approved chemicals. All the staff at Wonderla are mandated to wear masks, automatic hand sanitizers are provided at all rides, restaurants, changing rooms and other entry points. Separate bins have been placed for disposal of masks, gloves, and hand tissues. Online chemical dosing is monitored frequently for maintaining adequate chlorine level in water to ensure proper disinfection.