Thrill-seekers will be able to return to Alton Towers for its famous rollercoasters and other hair-raising rides from this Saturday – with a few key changes to stay safe.
Alton Towers has released a video to explain what will be different post-lockdown, including capacity, booking tickets, hygiene and temperature checks.
In the clip, people sit down in the Oblivion ride with a seat-width gap between members of different households.
A staff member wearing PPE – including a face visor – makes sure they are strapped safely in.
The rollercoaster then shoots off as normal on its vertical drop with twists, turns and a maximum speed of 68mph.
When guests leave the ride, a staff member wipes down the seats and handles with a disinfectant spray and cloth before the next group of people enters.
- Temperature checks before entry
- Pre-booked tickets only to control the number of guests
- Guests aged over 6 must wear face coverings on some rides and all guests must bring a face covering
- Some indoor shops and restaurants may be closed with just "grab and go" food available
- Contactless card payment to be used whenever possible
- Vehicles can't be parked next to each other in the car park
- Staff will carry out "enhanced cleaning" throughout the day
- Guests to keep to social-distancing of two meters
- Hand sanitiser stations
Emma Catterall, Divisional Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: "It is fantastic that we can now confirm that our Theme Park and Accommodation will reopen from July 4.
"We can't wait to get back to doing what we do best and we're working hard to make sure that we're implementing the new hygiene and distancing measures in a way that will still allow our guests to enjoy a memorable, fun visit to Alton Towers Resort."
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