Photos have emerged of what Adventure Island looks like on its first day back – and it is absolutely packed.
The amusement part in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, reopened today after months lying empty due to the nationwide lockdown measures (Saturday, April 17).
It was the first day the park decided to reopen in line with the government’s lockdown roadmap announcement.
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And it seems like many are making the most of the lockdown easing and the nice weather by heading to the seafront.
Photos from the park this afternoon show crowds of people queuing to get on the rides, with many not wearing masks, though it is only a legal requirement in indoor settings.
Adventure Island says it is enforcing social distancing measures as well as providing sanitiser stations throughout the park.
On the park’s website, it states: “Social Distancing guidelines are in place all around the park, including queuing areas, toilets, entrances and exits. Please be sure to keep a couple of steps away.
“We will also maintain social distancing on the rides wherever we can, by leaving empty seats on the rides between those in their own ‘bubble’.
“We will be using every other till at the ticket offices with queuing systems in place, allowing social distancing to be maintained.”
The next stage out of lockdown is on May 17, when it is expected we will be able to meet up inside in the rule of six in public and private settings.
But this will only be permitted if coronavirus cases and hospitalisations of the deadly virus remain low.