Theme parks in England will close by Thursday as a result of the latest pandemic lockdown in the United Kingdom, bringing an end to the 2020 season for some of those parks.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered people to stay home except for specific reasons starting November 5. A wide range of businesses will need to close as a result, including leisure destinations such as theme parks. The lockdown is expected to last through December 2, however some government officials have said that they expect restrictions to remain in place beyond that.
England's theme parks over the past day have been issuing official closure notices:
Within the past few days, theme parks in France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy have been ordered closed as the next wave of Covid-19 washes over Europe. At this moment, The Netherlands' Efteling remains the largest park on the continent that has not yet closed again due to the continuing pandemic. But while The Netherlands' current daily new-case rate is lower than France's on a per capita basis, it's higher than the United Kingdom's and more than double the United States' rate and triple Germany's. The Netherlands tightened business restrictions last month but so far has not ordered parks to close.Tweet
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