England’s theme parks, funfairs and outdoor playgrounds have been given the green light to reopen from July 4, just in time for summer.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement as he confirmed the Government is relaxing the two-metre social distancing rule to “one metre plus” in England.
As he revealed the next steps towards easing the coronavirus lockdown, he confirmed theme and adventure parks can welcome visitors again with a number of strict measures in addition to the “one metre plus” rule, but water parks must stay closed “for now”.
It is likely to be welcome news for England’s theme parks which have been forced to stay shut through spring and the opening of the busy summer season.
Mr Johnson said the two-metre rule on social distancing will be relaxed to “one metre plus” from July 4 with people advised to take other precautions such as wearing face coverings, increased hygiene or layout changes in premises.
Hotels, restaurants, pubs, cinemas and hairdressers can reopen from July 4 providing they are “Covid-secure” and theatres and concert halls can open but cannot stage live performances.
Outdoor playgrounds and gyms, funfairs, anusement arcades and other indoor leisure centres and facilities, including indoor gaming, social clubs, model villages and indoor attractions at aquariums and zoos, will be allowed to reopen.