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Thorpe Park, Alton Towers And Chessington Announce When They Will Reopen

Thorpe Park, Alton Towers And Chessington Announce When They Will Reopen

Thrill-seekers, get ready!

Joanna Freedman

Joanna Freedman

Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures are set to reopen from July 4th.

The theme parks, which are all owned by Merlin Entertainment, all made the announcement on their websites on Thursday 4th June, stating that they would be introducing new coronavirus restrictions, and sticking firmly to safety guidelines before opening their doors next month.

They all said: "In line with current Government guidance, we expect your adventure to restart here on July 4, 2020, when hopefully we will reopen the Resort."

While this is exciting news, the parks will not be going completely back to normal.

You could be back on your favourite rides soon enough (
Alton Towers)

Kids play areas, and other interactive zones, are likely not to reopen, seeing as it would be particularly difficult to maintain social distancing.

Plus, some indoor rides and attractions may not be able to run as usual, if there isn't enough space to keep everyone apart.

They have not given any details on the specific rides affected, yet.

The three parks will also be bringing a whole new list of safety measures in, to keep staff and visitors safe from the virus.

For one, there will be less seating capacity at restaurants and cafes, and diners will be more spaced out. Plus, takeaway options will also be available for food and drink to avoid crowding.

Rows will be left empty between families when they go on rides so a 2m distance is maintained, and there will be additional hygiene stations across the park, with hand sanitiser, so visitors can clean themselves regularly.

People will also have their temperatures checked at the gates, they may require facemarks in certain areas and they'll have to pay for everything on contactless, to limit transfer of the virus.

The number of people entering the parks will be limited, too, and everyone will have to pre-book, so they can keep control of the park's capacity.

Well, this is exciting news! Thrill-seekers, better get ready.

Featured Image Credit: Chessington

Topics: Life News, Events News, Coronavirus