Pictures have revealed what Alton Towers will look like in the age of the ‘new normal’ when it reopens this weekend.
The theme park, which has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, is preparing to reopen again on Saturday as lockdown measures are eased.
But it will look very different to before, with social distancing measures in place including limited capacity, spaced out queue lines and compulsory masks for anyone over the age of six on certain rides.
A statement on the website says: ‘In line with the latest Government guidance, we are delighted to confirm that Alton Towers Resort will reopen on July 4. We can’t wait to welcome you back!
‘This follows the successful opening of the Alton Towers gardens earlier this month, and is in line with the UK Government guidance on the reopening of open-air attractions.
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‘From July 4, 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. We will reopen with significantly reduced numbers and a range of hygiene and safety measures to protect you and our employees.
‘Our resort hotels will also reopen with a reduced number of bookings in line with our attraction capacity numbers.
‘We ask all guests planning to visit our resort to please respect each other, our employees and our guidelines on maintaining good hygiene and a safe distance between households.
‘If you, or a family member, displays any symptoms of Covid-19, we ask that you postpone your visit, which we will happily rearrange for a later date.
‘Our website features further information and updates on reopening times, as well as our FAQs on our new operations and safety measures.’
Guests are being asked to book their theme park tickets online to guarantee entry as the number of visitors is limited to ensure social distancing can take place. Numbers allowed in will gradually be increased over time.
Visitors and employees will be temperature checked before entering the resort using a non-touch thermometer.
Anyone displaying a temperature above 37.8 degrees Celsius will not be allowed to enter but will be allowed to rebook their visit at no additional cost.
Employees will be wearing PPE and, where possible, will stand behind perspex screens.
A number of rides and rollercoasters will require guests to wear a face mask while on them – including Nemesis, Oblivion and The Smiler.
Visitors will not be allowed to ride without one, unless they have certain medical conditions or are under six years old.
They will not be required on water rides in case they get wet, and must be securely fitted when they are worn so they don’t fall off.
Clear signage and social distancing markers will be in place throughout the theme park and cleaning will take place regularly. All toilet facilities will be open for guests and there will be hand sanitiser stations around the resort.
A small number of rides and indoor attractions may remain closed under social distancing guidelines.
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