Ocean Beach Pleasure Park has detailed the range of measures being put in place to ensure staff and guests safety, as the South Shields park prepares for a potential 4 July reopening.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park has confirmed the measures it is putting in place to ensure the safety of its visitors, as the South Shields park prepares to re-open next weekend.
Having closed its doors in March in line with government guidance, the Sea Road site is now rolling out a range of protections for staff and guests ahead of a provisional July opening. “We’re looking forward to getting up and running safely for our guests and staff,” manager Michael Sheeran told the Shields Gazette.
“We’re carrying out all of the necessary risk assessments and following the guidance from the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions.”
As with other theme parks across the UK, Ocean Beach has been forced to rethink how its visitor experience can be maintained while new measures are introduced to ensure guests are kept safe and distanced – as well as entertained.
In order to overcome challenges faced by the existing ticket and token system, Ocean Beach has introduced a new contactless Fun Card, which must be booked online, and can be presented as payment for rides at the site.
The online booking system will allow staff to predict and reduce queue size, creating a greater opportunity for social distancing, and allowing the park to manage busy periods with greater efficiency, especially with the park forced to significantly reduce visitor capacity.
With the park expecting a sizeable turnout of local families keen to be entertained outdoors after months in lockdown, the park will also introduce a one-in-one-out policy for when the site meets its guest limit.
Social distancing will be mandatory in all queues and public spaces, with the request to keep a safe distance appearing in signage and floor markings, which will also direct customers through a one-way system around the park.
The rides themselves will also allow for separation between household groups, with individual strategies currently being devised for each attraction.
Staff at the park will also be given a range of PPE, full training in managing the new measures, and deep cleaning duties across the park.