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Park closures, online parties and more: how European theme parks are reacting to coronavirus
As we head towards Easter, European theme parks should be gearing up for the start of the season. However, the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has prevented this.
As citizens of many countries are told to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus, the prospect of a day out with family or friends at one of the many European theme parks is no longer a reality. We take a look at which parks are closed and how they are reacting to the crisis.
“Ours is a business dedicated to providing families with fun, education, relaxation and excitement,” says Norman Wallis, operator of Southport Pleasureland. This was one of the first UK amusement parks to announce that it would not be opening as planned this spring. “What is so frustrating is that we can’t provide that now, when it’s never been needed more.”
“However, leisure and tourism businesses like ours will need to be there to support a general public that has been on lockdown and facing the most challenging changes to their lives, their freedom and their mental health.”