When will theme parks reopen? Date Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and other attractions could open as lockdown is relaxed on 4 July
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With lockdown having been in place since March, many families will be wondering when they might be able to get away from it all.
International breaks may be off the table for the foreseeable future, but surely a day out to a theme park is on the cards?
Here's everything we know about when theme park resorts could be reopening, including official word from some of the top attractions in the country:
When will theme parks reopen?
The Government’s next stage of lockdown-easing takes place on 4 July, step three of the proposed ‘road-map’, which sees the opening of leisure businesses.
Speaking in the Commons on 23 June, Boris Johnson confirmed that many of the Government’s proposals for easing lockdown will go ahead on that date, including those that relate to holiday accommodation.
Theme parks will be legally allowed to reopen in England on from Saturday 4 July, but don’t expect your visit to be as it was this time last year.
“Venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to re-open safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part,” say the Government.
What are the top theme parks saying?
Alton Towershas confirmed it will bereopening on 4 July, in light of the PM’s announced; Alton Towers’ Gardens were previously reopend on 6 June in line with Government guidance.Tickets for the Gardens need to be pre-booked in advance before visiting, and a number of additional hygiene and safety measures have been introduced which you’ll see in place when you visit.
Chessington World of Adventureswillalsowelcome guests back on 4 July, and say they are working hard to ensure when they reopen, it’ll be in the safest way possible for guests, staff and animals in their care.
“To do this, we will be introducing new hygiene and safety measures… to make sure everyone has a safe, wild adventure.”
Thorpe Parkisalso opening again on 4 July, and again, will be introducing a number of additional hygiene and safety measures.
Blackpool Pleasure Beachwill be introducing a range of new policies and procedures to ensure the park remains as safe as possible for all guests; they will be open on 4 July too.
Legoland saya day out or overnight stay at their Windsor resort “will feel a little different to before” when they reopen on 4 July.
“Everything we are introducing is with your safety, and our team’s safety, as our top priority,” they say.
“In preparation for reopening we have reviewed how we operate every single part of the Park and Hotels to make sure that you have a brilliant, safe visit.”
When the park does reopen, expect pre-book ticket systems to manage visitor numbers and different seating arrangements on rides.