Tourist attractions across the South East have opened their doors to visitors this weekend, as the Government continues to ease the lockdown rules on the reopening of non-essential businesses.
From Saturday 4th July 2020, zoos, safari parks and wildlife centres can all reopen, provided social distancing and safety measures are put in place.
Theme parks across the south east of England, including Paulton’s Park near Romsey in Hampshire, have welcome visitors, but people can only enter if they book their tickets in advance.
Extra facilities for ticketholders to wash their hands have been installed and signs reminding people to social distance during their visit have been put up.
However, the theme park will be quieter than usual, with the management team at Peppa Pig World at Paulton's Park releasing tickets for just 10 percent of their usual visitor numbers .
Of course it’s cost us a lot of money being closed for this period. We’ve spent about two hundred thousand pounds getting the park Covid secure. Which is not a small sum in itself, but you know we are going to strive to make this year a success where we can and we’ve got a lot of staff and our suppliers and the local area that we support, and we’re going to make sure we do all we can to do that.
Other attractions opening their gates to the public include Legoland at Windsor in Berkshire and Sea Life in Brighton.
However, not all tourist attractions has taken advantage of the relaxed lockdown rules.
On Friday, Dreamland at Margate in Kent celebrated its 100th birthday. However the only guests able to ride the landmark’s historic Scenic Railway were a group of 28 giant teddy bears.
We had to make the decision with our heads not our hearts. We really wanted to be open this year, especially in time for this our hundredth birthday. We are going to do some events this summer. We’ve got some drive-in movies and things like that planned, but in reality, the park as whole back to its usual form will be 2021.
The number of places choosing to reopen to the public may increase as the summer months continue.