How Ocean Beach Pleasure Park in South Shields plans to welcome back visitors soon

The popular amusement park is hoping to welcome back visitors next month – here’s how it will work.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park on Sea Road, South Shields has been closed to the public since the UK went into lockdown in March.

Now it is among those businesses preparing to reopen for the first time in months as restrictions are eased and the economy slowly starts up again.

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Bosses have said that they hope to be able to open on July 4, in line with Government guidance and are busy introducing a range of procedures to ensure it is safe for visitors and staff.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park closed to the public during the coronavirus lockdown.

Michael Sheeran manager at Ocean Park Pleasure Beach, commented: “We’re looking forward to getting up and running safely for our guests and staff.

“Our provisional date for reopening is July 4, that is what we are working towards but this will be confirmed following Government guidance in the coming weeks.

“We’re carrying out all of the necessary risk assessments and following the guidance from the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions.”

How will it work?

A new contactless Fun Card will replace the former ticket and token system to allow for social distancing and these can be booked online in advance to reduce queuing and interaction with staff.

The team will be monitoring the number of people in the park at any one time with a one-in-one-out policy if it reaches full capacity.

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Social distancing measures will be in place in queues, with one-way systems introduced on some walk-ways and a plan for each ride is being developed to allow for two metres between groups.

New hand sanitising facilities will be installed across the park and enhanced deep-cleaning measures introduced on all the rides and attractions.

Anyone displaying symptoms of coronavirus will be asked not to visit the park and staff themselves will be temperature tested before work every day to make sure they are not at risk of carrying the virus.

All staff will be equipped with a range of PPE and will have received full training in the new procedures, both customer facing and behind the scenes.

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*Procedures are subject to change in line with Government guidelines.

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