23 June 2020 20:33
"From 4th July, the rest of the theme park will reopen, including the majority of our rides and outdoor attractions, although some indoor facilities must remain closed for now. Chessington is yet to issue an official statement, but has tweeted following the government announcement: "Following the Government announcement today, we can confirm that we will reopen our Theme Park and Resort Hotels on July 4." Also a Merlin Entertainment theme park, new rules include mandatory pre-booking, contactless payment, gate temperature checks and limited capacity in the park and on rides. Alton Towers and its hotels in Staffordshire will reopen with the "majority" of outdoor rides and attractions as England's coronavirus lockdown is eased and its social distancing rule is cut to "one metre plus" However, thrillseekers will have to wear face masks or coverings on some rides, and there will be a limit on the number of visitors each day to ensure guests "have the best possible experience" and social distancing can be maintained. Similar hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place within the accommodation, which will be initially reopening with reduced capacity, the resort said. The operators of Legoland, Thorpe Park and Chessington said that "robust hygiene and safety measures have been put in place at each resort – from reopening, guests can expect to have their temperature checked on arrival, empty rows and seats left on rollercoasters and enhanced cleaning throughout the day, including to ride seats and restraints." To allow for social distancing, each resort is asking all guests to pre-book a ticket online to guarantee entry, so as it can manage the number of visitors it welcomes each day.
Emma Catterall, divisional director at Alton Towers Resort, said: "It is fantastic that we can now confirm that our theme park and accommodation will reopen from 4th July. "We can't wait to get back to doing what we do best, and we're working hard to make sure that we're implementing the new hygiene and distancing measures in a way that will still allow our guests to enjoy a memorable, fun visit to Alton Towers Resort." Legoland, Chessington World of Adventures, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park have all announced they will reopen on July 4 with new anti-Covid measures in place. The parks will operate with 'significantly reduced' capacity, with guests asked to book tickets online in advance and wear face coverings on rides and rollercoasters if they are over the age of six. Visitors to the theme parks - all owned by Merlin Entertainment - will also have their temperatures checked on arrival, staff will wear PPE, and rows of seats will be left empty inside ride vehicles to ensure social distancing. New safety protocols also include 'enhanced cleaning' across the parks, hygiene screens at service and food counters and card-only payments at restaurants and cafes which will also have a limited capacity.
Emma Catterall, divisional movie director at Alton Towers Resort, said: 'It is amazing that we are now able to confirm that our own theme park and accommodation will reopen coming from 4th July. Thorpe Park in Surrey has also introduced it will reopen 'a number of our own rides and attractions' coming from next month together with new safety precautions in place. Chessington World associated with Adventures Resort confirms the Theme Park will re-open on July 4 together with robust cleanliness and safety precautions in place, which includes enhanced cleansing of its ride