Thorpe Park closed ahead of nationwide coronavirus lockdown measures on March 19, four days before the rest of the country. The park is one of the most popular in the country, and its millions of annual visitors would provide a valuable breeding ground for COVID-19.
When will Thorpe Park reopen?
On March 19, Thorpe Park announced it would close to the public “until further notice”.
The theme park’s closure came ahead of the rest of the UK, which largely shut down following Boris Johnson’s first address on March 23.
Park officials have since advised people with bookings up until June 1 to rearrange where possible.
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Currently, there is no indication of when exactly Thorpe Park will reopen its doors.
In their latest update, officials announce they have maintained contact with the Government and will reopen when it is “appropriate”.
Their statement reads: “We are in contact with the Government and relevant authorities and will work to reopen the Resort to guests as soon as it’s appropriate to do so.
“We are now contacting guests with bookings to stay at the Resort between April 26 and June 1 to advise them on how to rearrange their bookings.”
The park warns people who have booked breaks after June 1 will be subject to “regular terms and conditions”.
People who want to cancel will need to pay a fee to do so unless they have purchased cancellation protection, in which case they can get a full refund.
They can also move their stay to another day if they wish.
Thorpe Park joins a host of other theme parks which have ceased business for the time being, and Government limits may not see them operate for months to come due to social distancing.
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The Government’s “phased” response to reopening the economy means most sectors can only resume operation once they have met select criteria.
Currently, the Government is on track to make a second review of the UK epidemic by June 1.
Then, conditions permitting, children will return to school, and some non-essential shops can open again.
Theme parks may fall amongst the last non-essential places to open, in which case they would do so alongside the hospitality industry.
Current Government plans don’t expect the sector to open until phase three, which due for review on July 4.
If the virus has receded to any significant extent by then, the country’s remaining public places and shops will reopen.
When they do so, however, they will need to ensure they are “safe and enforce social distancing”.
If theme parks were to reopen by then, they would have to abide by social distancing measures too, likely with fewer visitors and passengers per ride.
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