Wiltshire Centre Parcs reopens at 40% capacity to help guests and staff maintain social distance

Report by Robert Murphy

Center Parcs in Wiltshire has reopened after a 100 day Covid closure.

The holiday park at Longleat in Wiltshire is operating at 40% capacity to help ensure guests and staff can maintain their social distance.

Other measures include a deep-clean of all lodges, sanitised TV remote controls, cashless payments and a team of electric motorbike riders to ferry food deliveries from restaurants to rooms.

Guests can expect to see staff deep-cleaning areas around the complex regularly. Credit: ITV West Country

The centre's swimming pool will remain closed until July 25th, in line with Government guidance.

Center Parcs had furloughed most of its workers during the lockdown, but more than 1,000 staff members are now back at work. The Village Director told ITV News they were not expecting to make any redundancies.

The pool at Center Parcs will remain closed to guests until later in the month. Credit: ITV West Country

Some staff have been redeployed to new roles. A team of Social Distancing Champions will encourage guests to stick to the one-way systems and maintain the 'One Metre Plus' distance.

Slot machines have been removed, hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed and there are signs encouraging people to keep their distance throughout the site.

A boss at the site has said that it'll take time and patience to adapt, but that safety remains the top priority.