1,500 furloughed Alton Towers staff wait to find out when they can return to work as Boris set to make major announcement today


Around 1,500 Alton Towers workers remain furloughed – as the theme park waits for the green light to reopen.

North Staffordshire’s biggest tourist attraction has already opened its gardens to visitors and the theme park is expected to follow suit from July 4.

That should allow the majority of its furloughed workers to return to work.

It comes as just 25 employees had been working at the attraction at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Smiler

Their tasks included testing and checking all rides – including Nemesis, The Smiler, Oblivion and Rita, Queen of Speed – turning on the taps in every hotel room to prevent bacteria, and caring for the 3,000 creatures in the Sharkbait Reef aquarium.

Most of the staff employed by Alton Towers have been eligible for the Government’s furlough scheme.

Alton Towers divisional director Emma Catterall said: “Since the Alton Towers Gardens opened on June 6, we’ve been thrilled to welcome guests back and to see the positive feedback we’ve received from visitors. 

A bird’s eye view of Alton Towers

“Our plans for reopening the rest of the resort from July are well advanced. 

“Throughout the lockdown, we’ve retained a very small team performing essential tasks on the resort, with a few more people working from home.

“We are very grateful for the support that the Job Retention Scheme has offered through this period.  

“Now we want to get back to what we do best; offering the fun days out that families so desperately need after the extended period at home.

“We have a comprehensive plan for reopening with reduced guest numbers, in line with the Government advice to date. 

“What we need now is confirmation from the Government of that July 4 opening date, so we can start the process of bringing more of our employees back to work.”

Coronavirus safety measures at the park will include pre-booked trips and thrill-seekers having their temperatures checked.





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