Alton Towers is still set to welcome its first guests of 2020 this weekend – despite other theme parks choosing to close amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Staffordshire resort will open for the new season on Saturday, March 21, as planned, but the latest Government guidance on the situation is being monitored.
This afternoon, the death toll in the UK rose to 35 after a patient died at Leighton Hospital, while Disney’s parks in Paris and the United States announced last week they would close.
Reassuring guests their safety is paramount, a Merlin spokeswoman said: “The health and safety of our guests and our staff is always our top priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare.
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“We have restricted employee travel to higher risk countries, implemented enhanced cleaning regimes at our attractions, and informed our teams of coronavirus symptoms as well as the importance of good hygiene practices.
“Like many businesses, we continue to monitor the situation closely and are in regular contact with local authorities so we may respond quickly to any developments.”
The statement comes ahead of the opening of the theme park’s latest attraction – Gangsta Granny, based on the books of David Walliams.