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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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NHS staff offered free Ibiza holiday to say thank you for their hard work

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All NHS staff are being offered a free holiday in Ibiza as a thank you for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ibiza regional government has announced it is backing a campaign called ‘Together for Health Heroes’  which offers ‘best in class’ accommodation to NHS staff. 

More than 60 private properties have already been offered on the campaign, according to local paper Diario de Ibiza.

Rooms in hotel chains Atzaro, OD Hoteles, Concept Hotel Group and Aguas de Ibiza are also on the cards for NHS staff.

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Tourism Councillor of Ibiza, Juan Miguel Costa, told the paper that the project seeks to: “compensate those who have looked after us, risking their lives in many cases, and who deserve that we all do our share to make sure they have holidays that meet high expectations”.

The holidays for European healthcare workers will take place next year in April, May and October. 

Staff from hospitals, care homes and hospices in all COVID-19 hotspots will be included in the initiative. 

A statement says: “It all started with a simple idea early in March. How can we say thank you to those fighting for the lives of our families, friends and communities?”

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It continues: “How can we say thank you to those putting their own lives at risk for us?

“Together we are driving change by celebrating and rewarding those who put our community, family and friends first during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Unprecedented times highlight exceptional people. We thank those who we have trusted with our lives, by gifting them our homes and hotels in Ibiza and across Europe.”

We all know someone who deserves this huge thank you, and they are currently looking for submissions – find out more here.

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Cornwall tourism boss slams locals for ‘unforgivable’ motorway sign aimed at tourists

Some of the locals aren’t too happy…

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Cornwall has opened the gates to allow holidaymakers into the popular tourist destination, but some of the locals aren’t too happy. 

A picture of three people stood on a bridge over the A30 in Bodmin holding a sign that reads ‘turn around and f*** off’ has gone viral. 

Cornwall’s tourism chief Malcolm Bell wasn’t best pleased with the greeting from the locals. He spoke to Cornwall Live and said: “I don’t like to see signs like the one we saw on the A30 yesterday. It is being offensive to a large group of people.

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“I find it unforgivable. It’s accusing people before they even arrive.

“We are battling to save thousands of jobs. Let’s welcome our customers, who will share their money to keep Cornish people in jobs.”

Many reports say that most of the locals were friendly and welcoming to tourists over the weekend. 

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On the South Coast of Devon, a bloke in Dawlish was even photographed holding a much nicer sign that said ‘welcome holidaymakers’. 

However, the welcoming tone was pretty much ruined by the fact he was dressed up as the Grim Reaper.

Until now Cornwall has been completely shut off from holidaymakers in efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. Now however, people are being welcomed back to get the tourism sector, which is usually booming this time of year in the area, back on its feet. 

Naturally, though, some people are concerned it’s too soon. 

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Everything you need to know if you’re flying from Manchester Airport

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Manchester Airport has released all the information on what to expect from the airport to keep passengers safe.

The government announced that travel can commence from 55 countries without needing to quarantine upon returning to England.

This change will come into effect from July 10th, and the full list of travel corridors countries can be found here

The decision has led to the reopening of Terminal Two at Manchester Airport to accommodate the increase in passengers. 

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All three of the terminals are now operating and helping people to travel safely with social distancing in place where possible. 

Any carriers that normally fly from Terminal Two such as Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Eurowings, will continue to operate from Terminal One throughout July, with the change back to Terminal Two yet to be confirmed.

Jet2.com flights are resuming from July 15th from Terminal One while Qatar Airways will move to Terminal Two on July 17th. 

TUI’s flights are resuming from July 11th at Terminal One and will move to Terminal Two on July 15th.

Terminal Three reopened on the 1st July and currently, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Ryanair, Loganair and Eastern Airways operate from there.

Passengers are advised to check which terminal they are flying from. 

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Manchester Airport has enhanced cleaning, put perspex screens in place, introduced temperature checks and is advising wearing face coverings. 

A handful of retail outlets have remained open with more set to open in the coming weeks. 

For everyone who usually stocks up their liquor cabinets from the airport, you’ll be pleased to know Bizaduty free is still open and Terminal Three Biza set to open on July 8th.

JD Sports (Terminal One) is set to open on July 15th alongside Cafe Nero and W H Smith in Terminal Two.  Playnation in Terminal One is set to open wc July 13th alongside Lion & Antelope airside in Terminal Three. 

Brad Miller, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester Airport, said: “As we continue to see the return of more airlines and destinations for our passengers to fly to, we remain fully committed to ensuring their safety throughout their airport journey.

“With the introduction of travel corridors, we envisage passenger numbers to continue to increase, which is why we are opening Terminal Two from 15th July, to maximise the airport space.

“These travel corridors will open up the chance for people to enjoy a well-earned break abroad and directly benefit the hundreds of thousands of people whose jobs depend on air travel for their livelihoods – whether they work in aviation or for the UK’s tourism and hospitality businesses, which can now welcome the first overseas visitors we will have seen for months.

“We have made our airport safe for our passengers and staff, and we have already started limited operations to many of these countries. With the quarantine requirement now removed, we look forward to safely welcoming back many more passengers in the coming weeks.

“I’d again like to thank all our passengers for continuing to abide by the measures in place during these uncertain times, and also thank all our staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe travel for all.”

For more information see www.manchesterairport.co.uk/coronavirus

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