Theme parks in the United Kingdom may reopen on July 4, the government said today. That clears the way for the return of Legoland Windsor, Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and other parks and attractions.
Hotels, museums, pubs, and restaurants also may reopen under today's announcement, which replaces the UK's two-meter physical distancing rule with a "one-meter plus" rule. That means people from different household can get as close as one meter so long as they are wearing masks or behind a screen.
The UK's theme parks wasted no time in announcing their return after the government cleared their way.
?? We're ready to play. Are you? ??— LEGOLAND Windsor (@LEGOLANDWindsor) June 23, 2020
The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort will be reopening its doors to guests from July 4th. You're invited to join in the fun.
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Expect temperature checks and reduced capacity on rides, at shows, and in shops and eating areas. Masks may be required on certain attractions. Some attractions where physical distancing is impossible - such as the Lego City Deep Sea Adventure at Legoland - will be closed. But parks are announcing that the majority of their attractions will be available when the parks reopen.
The return of Britain's theme parks follows the reopening of major parks in Germany, The Netherlands and Italy, as well as the announcement of the return of parks in France, Spain, and Denmark. However, Sweden has confirmed that it will not allow parks there to reopen this summer, as a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people will continue.
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