The site team has worked throughout the lockdown to design and implement reopening measures that ensure that the attraction is safe for visitors and colleagues alike.
Sea Life sites will begin to reopen in late June and each is set to be entirely open to visitors by early next-month.
The following measures will be in place:
* Online only bookings; guests will now need to pre-book a specific time slot for their visit to ensure visitor numbers remain at a safe level throughout the day
* Social distancing; queues outside and inside the attraction, plus features such as talks from expert team members, will be carefully spaced for everyone’s safety.
There may also be phased entrancing in place at certain points around the site to keep groups apart while also making sure everyone gets to meet every creature on display.
Markers will be in place at most points onsite to help make this simple
* PPE; while you won’t need specific PPE in order to gain admission, Sea Life staff may be wearing appropriate items and clothing so they can work safely.
Fixtures such as clear plastic screens at check-in desks and tills may also be in-place
* Temperature checks; will be in place at all entrances for guests and team members
* Enhanced cleaning; additional cleaning will take place throughout the day and hygiene stations and hand sanitiser will be available
Full details of the measures in place for each Sea Life site are available online and all plans have been carefully considered in-line with the latest government guidelines.
Sea Life asks all visitors to closely observe guidelines, maintain a safe distance from those outside their party and to keep up with good hygiene practices.
If they or any of their party displays any symptoms of Covid-19, they are asked to postpone their visit and to contact the site to change the date of their booking.
Craig Dunkerley, spokesperson for Sea Life, said the health and safety of its visitors and staff remained the number one priority.
“Each site is utilising an extensive range of safety measures, designed to ensure a happy, safe and healthy experience for all.
"I’m sure after many the extended lockdown, many families, particularly with younger children, will be in real need of escapism, entertainment and a way of making happy new memories with those they love.
“I know our teams around the country – plus our site’s aquatic residents – are all looking forward to offering just that.”
While Sea Life has been closed during lockdown, aquarists and other team members have worked tirelessly to care for the creatures at each site, both practically via cleaning and feeding for example, but also emotionally via activities to ensure that fishy friends didn’t become bored.
Click here for more information and to be kept up to date on the reopening measures and arrangements for each individual site.
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