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Timed ticketing included in new guidance for UK attractions

The UK government has released guidance on the reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4, with timed ticketing to be used to reduce the number of visitors in locations at the same time.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has yesterday (Wednesday) published guidance on the processes and facilities that businesses must put in place before reopening.

The advice includes directions for indoor and outdoor visitor attractions, conference and events centres, as well as, hotels and accommodation providers – such as campsites, caravan parks and short-term lets.

DCMS, in partnership with Visit England, have recommended the introduction of timed tickets for exhibitions, theme parks, galleries and attractions to reduce crowding.

It has also advised bringing in one way systems, clear floor markings and a queue management system to maintain social distancing measures at all attractions and help to limit contact between both staff and visitors.

Organisations will also encourage cashless payments throughout to avoid cross contamination.

In addition, visitor attractions will be instructed to introduce regular deep cleaning regimes across their site and some interactive displays will be temporarily closed.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Britain needs a break, and from July 4 people can now take a well-deserved staycation. We’ll need the public to keep safe on holiday by following the advice we’re providing, but there is no doubt this is the news many have been waiting for. I am looking forward to a British holiday myself.

“Our guidance will help the tourism businesses reopen safely, reassure locals and allow businesses to welcome guests back with confidence.”

VisitEngland Director Patricia Yates added: “Millions of jobs and local economies across England are reliant on tourism so it is fantastic news that the industry can plan with confidence to reopen and to welcome visitors back safely working within the new guidelines.

“Guidance is also being published for conferences and events which builds upon the guidance for the tourism sector and businesses.”

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