When will theme parks reopen? Attractions open doors on April 12 – just in time for school Easter hols

BORIS Johnson has announced the dates when England will come out of lockdown, starting from March 8 with schools opening.

Here is what you need to know about theme parks reopening, including when guests can return.

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When will theme parks reopen?

Theme parks will be able to reopen from April 12, with outdoor hospitality resuming for Easter.

However, it will only open towards the end of the holidays, this year running from April 1 to April 16.

This includes other outdoor venues such as zoos, but the lockdown dates only apply to England, not Wales and Scotland.

Indoor entertainment at the parks will not be able to resume until May 17.

Will I be able to stay at the hotels?

No, hotels will only reopen from May 17.

Self-contained accommodation will reopen from April 12, which includes caravan parks and holiday homes, as long as it is with your own household.

Overnight staycations and hotel stays will resume from May 17 (two households or rule of six from different households) and then from June 21 with no limit on groups.

What new restrictions are in place at the theme parks?

While parks are yet to confirm how and when they will reopen, many of them have already introduced strict health and safety measures regarding coronavirus.

This includes mandatory pre-booking online to control daily crowds, as well as additional social distancing markers and hand sanitising stations.

Temperatures are checked upon entry, ride are cleaned between passengers and some are enforcing face masks on all adults.

From March 8, when all schools will reopen people will be able to sit down for a drink outside with their household, or with one friend or relative.

The rules will be relaxed further on March 29, allowing either six people or two households to meet outside.

It will only be towards the end of April – in the third stage of the plan – that non-essential retail will open.

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