The Prime Minister announced yesterday that zoos and safari parks could reopen next week providing they follow social distancing rules.
Longleat, which has been closed since March 23rd, will initially reopen just the safari drive-through.
ANNUAL PASS HOLDERS GET FIRST DIBS
As a gesture of thanks for their ongoing support, the first three days will be reserved for Annual Pass Holders only.
There will be a limit on the number of people and you will need to pre-book online before turning up.
Places will be available on a first come first served basis and there will be a 50p booking fee, with all monies raised going to good causes – those causes have not yet been revealed.
In addition, Longleat will be adding a five-month extension onto all original expiry dates for Annual Passes that expire on or after 1st March 2020.
ALL VISITORS WELCOME FROM 18th JUNE
From Thursday, 18th June the drive through Safari Park will be open to all visitors; however again everyone will need to purchase tickets in advance.
Executive Chairman of Longleat Enterprise Ceawlin Thynn, says the Wiltshire Safari park is looking forward to welcoming people back.
“The entire team here has been working incredibly hard over the past few weeks to ensure we are able to re-open safely and provide visitors with a great experience.”
“We have put in place a series of new guidelines, along with additional hygiene procedures in order to be able to fully comply with the latest social distancing guidelines.”
The walkt-through animal areas around the House, including Koala Creek and Jungle Kingdom, will remain closed until the 25th and 26th June when they will re-open to Annual Pass holders and then the general public from the 27th June onwards.
Ceawlin explains why this approach is being taken.
“It is important we take this phased approach to re-opening to ensure the safety of our guests, staff and animals.”
“We are anticipating more guidance from the government over the coming days and weeks and we will continue to follow their advice.”
In order to comply with strict hygiene standards, all card payment pads will be disinfected after each transaction and cash will not be handled.
Toilet facilities within the Safari Park will be continuously staffed and disinfected, with additional hand washing and sanitising facilities available for guests.
In place of the usual food and beverage outlets, there will be a takeaway food and drink offering at the beginning of the Safari experience.
A guidance video and full ticketing details will be made available on the Longleat website over the weekend.