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23 June 2020 20:33

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Legoland, Chessington, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park will re-open on July 4

"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.

Chessington World of Adventures Resort confirms its Theme Park will re-open on July 4 with robust hygiene and safety measures in place, including enhanced cleaning of its ride Emma Catterall, divisional director at Alton Towers Resort, told the Mirror: '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.' Thorpe Park in Surrey has also announced it will reopen 'a number of our rides and attractions' from next month with new safety measures in place. The Swarm at Thorpe Park Resort will be amongst the rides available to guests upon the Resort's re-opening from July 4 and will undergo enhanced cleaning measures throughout the day Similarly, Legoland will have reduced capacity when it reopens on July 4, with the park asking guests to be prepared to use contactless payment methods inside the attraction. 'Our LEGOLAND Hotels will also be reopening on 4th July and like with the theme park, we will be taking fewer bookings than before to ensure social distancing measures can be observed.' 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. Legoland, Chessington, Alton Towers and Thorpe Park have all introduced they will reopen on July 4 with fresh anti-Covid actions in place.

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