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Alton Towers announces plans to reopen but with lots of new measures in place

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Alton Towers has announced the new guidelines which will be put in place when guests return to the theme park.

The theme park will remain closed until at least July 3rd, but the parent company, Merlin Entertainments, has announced new guidelines which detail how the park will run when it reopens.

The new measures introduced, described by Health, Safety & Security Director, Jonathan Ellis, include social distancing practises, temperature checks, reduced capacity, additional hygiene stations and advising guests to wear face masks in indoor spaces.

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Alton Towers remains many people’s best trip out, especially during the summer months, and naturally many people are wondering when such places will reopen and how they will ensure staff and guests are safe. 

The new measures that will be put in place include: 

  • Temperature checks will also be conducted at the gates, on both staff and guests – anyone who has a temperature which is too high will be turned away (but the park will allow you to rebook your trip for another day).
  • Spatial markers are being installed at queue lines and communal areas, while one-way system will be enforced at shops.
  • Riders will only be able to go on roller coasters and rides within their groups, with a row between each family – which could result in longer queues but emptier rides.
  • Additional hygiene stations will be built across the park, and staff will be given additional Covid-19 training.
  • Face masks won’t be mandatory as current guidance is “only advising face masks for indoor spaces”.

It’s reported that these measures will be practised for the long run. 

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Mr Ellis explained: “In order to stick to these limits, we are considering a system of online booking, similar to our Fireworks events, in which we would ask all guests to book their trips in advance to guarantee entry.”

He added: “Once it is safe to reopen, we ask you to please support us in the simple steps of respecting each other when you visit; in terms of giving each other sufficient space, in keeping the resort clean and most of all in washing your hands.

“We see these not as short-term measures, but as the ‘new normal’ way that we will operate until such time as the health risks of COVID-19 are fully addressed.”

No official date has been given as to when Alton Towers will reopen but the government is expected to make a new announcement regarding the hospitality industry this evening.

Many theme parks in Europe have reopened throughout May, including Disney World announcing plans to reopen on July 11th.  

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Cyprus to welcome back vaccinated British holidaymakers from May 1st

There is an issue with the dates, however

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British tourists who have received their Covid vaccine could be holidaying in Cyprus this summer.

The Mediterranean country, a popular destination for tourists from the UK, has said it will open its borders to British people who have been vaccinated.

However, this date clashes with the UK ban on foreign travel imposed by the government, with restrictions still in place at the start of May.

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The Cypriot government announced that anyone who had received both their vaccinations could travel with no restrictions on their side from May 1st.

According to Cyprus’s deputy tourism minister, Savvas Perdios, the island will let tourists from the UK who’ve had vaccines which are approved by the European Medicines Agency visit – with no quarantine or a negative test required.

The minister added that anyone travelling to the country will need to have had their second dose of the vaccine at least seven days before travel.

So far nearly a million people have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.

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The issue for any British holidaymakers wanting to travel to Cyprus is that leisure travel to foreign countries is banned until May 17th at the very earliest.

The May 17th date is also dependent on several factors, including the emergence of new Covid variants and the progress of the vaccine programme.

Holidays in the UK are set to begin earlier, with plans to let people stay in self-contained accommodation, like holiday lets, from April 12th at the earliest.

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Haven is reopening its caravan parks following latest lockdown announcement

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Following the prime minister’s announcement on Monday, Haven has announced it will be opening its caravan parks from April 12th.

It’s great news for one household families who are looking for a getaway – Haven will be open in England from April 12th. 

Two households will be able to stay together from May 17th. 

Haven said in a statement: “Following the Government announcement earlier this week with regards to the roadmap out of lockdown measures, we can confirm that our parks will remain closed in England until Monday 12 April.

“We are however, delighted that the roadmap has considered self-contained accommodation to reopen at Stage two and we look forward to welcoming many families to enjoy a coastal break that we pride ourselves on from the 12 April across our parks in England.”

It comes just in time for the Easter half term which ends on April 16th, with holidays in Yorkshire starting from £69.

Haven added: “We would like to thank our guests for their patience and continued understanding whilst we work through this as quickly as we can.”

Currently, this only applies to those in England and guests should expect some restrictions in place in accordance with the lockdown rules. 

Indoor entertainment is also unlikely to return but outdoor activities are expected to take place. 

It comes after Travelodge also announced a sale on rooms with prices starting as little as £25. 

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Travelodge launches huge sale with more than 1 million rooms for £25 or less across England

Make sure you don’t miss these super low prices

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Travelodge launches sale with breaks available for £25 or less a night in hotels across England.

Following on from Boris Johnson’s announcement at the beginning of this week, Travelodge has confirmed they are now taking bookings from May 17th and have even slashed their prices.

Staycations are likely to stay popular for quite some time with rooms available from just £25 a night – it’s the perfect way to explore the UK this year. 

Hotels across the country are included in the deal, from coastal locations like Cornwall and Devon to countryside destinations such as the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. 

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Those looking for a city break can grab a bargain night in the likes of London, Liverpool, York and Cambridge.

Family rooms are also included in the sale meaning a stay can cost just £6.25 per person for a night, or those looking for a romantic getaway can grab a room for £12.50 each.

From May 17th, hotels can reopen and holiday homes can be let to groups of up to six people from different households or groups from two households. Holidays in self-contained accommodation can go ahead from April 12th at the earliest. 

You can see Travelodge’s Covid-19 updates here and find a £25 room here

 

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