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Animal magic as West Midland Safari Park to reopen fully on July 4

By Dayna Farrington | Bewdley | Wyre Forest entertainment | Published:

Staff at West Midland Safari Park are working hard to prepare to reopen the attraction fully from next month, following the latest government guidance.

The West Midland Safari Park has invested in a highly effective product called ‘Zoono’, to clean the rides and public facilities

The Bewdley-based attraction will reopen fully to visitors on Saturday, July 4, including opening up its popular Adventure Theme Park.

West Midland Safari Park closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but slowly started to allow visitors to revisit earlier this month following a change in guidance on animal parks and zoos.

Since June 15, the Safari Park has only been partially open – allowing guests to visit the four-mile safari drive-through. Following Boris Johnson's announcement on Tuesday, West Midland Safari Park can now also open its walk-through attractions, rides, restaurants and shops.

Attractions which will reopen include the Land of the Living Dinosaurs, the Ice Age exhibit, Discovery Trail and Boj's Giggly Park playground.

Keepers prepare areas of the Safari Park that are currently closed, including Penguin Cove

Staff at the attraction are continuing to ensure that all safety measures are in place, including regular disinfecting of public areas, installing additional sanitiser stations, limiting the number of people allowed to enter shops and restaurants at one time, and kitting out the theme park ride seats with stickers to ensure social distancing is adhered to.

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The safari park has also invested in a highly effective produce called 'Zoono', a antimicrobial protection spray, which once applied lasts for 30 days, significantly reducing the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19. It will be applied to all customer contact surfaces, including the rides.

Signage in public areas remind guests to wash their hands and about social distancing

Chris Kelly, West Midland Safari Park's managing director, said: "We welcome the news that we can now open the rest of the Safari Park, including the Adventure Theme Park. Our teams have been working incredibly hard to prepare all areas of the park, ensuring our guests have a safe and enjoyable visit.

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“Some of the new safety measures include leaving empty seats and rows on the rides, social distancing measures for the queues, kiosks and restaurants and limiting our daily admission numbers.

"We will be encouraging guests to continue to book online, so we can adhere to government guidance and safely manage how many people we admit to our park."

He added: "We look forward to welcoming more guests back soon and hope they have a great day with us."

Strict social distancing measures will be in operation

Tickets to visit West Midland Safari Park must be booked in advance, by visiting wmsp.co.uk

Visitor numbers will be limited.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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