Blackpool Pleasure Beach will soon be back in action…with a raft of new safety measures which may well step up the fear factor on its more thrilling rides.
Management at Blackpool Pleasure Beach have confirmed that the theme park will reopen “respectfully and safely” in tandem with much of the rest of the UK leisure sector on July 4.
Prospective visitors are being urged to pre-book online and present e-tickets on arrival, as well as to expect significant changes to the operation of the attraction compared to its pre-covid incarnation.
“We will be introducing a range of new policies and procedures to ensure our amusement park remains as safe as possible for all of our guests,” read a company statement, which added the obligatory statement that all those with symptoms of Covid-19 should stay away.
Inclusive within the park’s new safety guidelines are a mandatory temperature- check at the main gate for all visitors, and a reduction in the maximum number of visitors allowed entry to the attraction at any given time. Meanwhile, Pleasure Beach bosses confirmed that thrill-seekers may be asked to wear face coverings on certain rides, and would be encouraged to make use of new hand-sanitiser stations whenever convenient.
In addition, staff are to be provided with PPE and will undertake enhanced deep cleaning protocols across all rides and attractions to guarantee the public a “safe and enjoyable day.”
News of the park’s imminent re-opening caught the attention of ITV’s This Morning programme on Monday, with showrunnners dispatching former Big Brother winner Josie Gibson to report on how theme parks have been forced to adapt in wake of the pandemic. However, the significance of her piece was somewhat lost after a live broadcast to the studio of Gibson riding the park’s latest rollercoaster, ICON, ended with her screaming uncontrollably and struggling to keep her mask out of her eyes.
“Where am I?” she gasped at one point, blindfolded and coming out of a corkscrew. “I quit! I quit!”
Whilst show hosts Phillip Schofield and Davina McCall clearly found the whole thing hysterically funny, at the end of the ride Gibson admitted that she had been so frightened she had wet herself.