COVID-19: Merlin outlines plans to reopen parks

Runaway Mine Train, Alton Towers

Merlin Entertainments has outlined how its UK theme parks will reopen when it is allowed to by the government.

Empty seats and rows will feature on rides between groups of guests, and spacial markings will be placed in areas of congregation.

Merlin – which operates Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland Windsor – said it will temperature check all staff and guests upon arrival.

The company said that it would be limiting the capacity of its theme parks, and that it was considering a pre-book-only admission policy.

The new information, posted on the Alton Towers website on Wednesday, is expected to be mirrored at all of Merlin’s theme parks.

Writing online, the park’s Health, Safety and Security Director Jonathan Ellis said that the park was working on ‘branded face masks’, which would be available for purchase at the Staffordshire theme park.

The British government has not yet confirmed when attractions such as theme parks will be permitted to re-open.