I hadn’t given too much thought to when theme parks would re-open because of the COVID-19 crisis, but it turns out that Thorpe Park have had the wheel in motion for a while and will be re-opening on July 4th.
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The announcement was made via their Twitter account and I initially thought most people would be happy about it – however the reaction was decidedly negative as people questioned how social distancing would be observed and the fact that it was kind of ridiculous they could ride Nemesis but not hug their parents. You also gotta think about how big the queues are gonna be over the summer now.
Here’s some of the best reaction:
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— THORPE PARK Resort (@THORPEPARK) June 4, 2020
Guidelines say we should stay 2 meters from anyone outside home including loved ones but could go to Thorpe Park on the 4th of July with a load of strangers
Get your priorities sorted out already government and tell us something we actually want to know already!
— Reece Hughes 🐝 (@TheMadMidlander) June 10, 2020
So I can:
Take my son to the zoo
Take my son to Thorpe park
Take my son clothes shopping
Take my son to Wetherspoons
Take my son to a safari park
Generally, take my son anywhere busy and teeming with other people but I cannot:
TAKE MY SON TO SCHOOL?!!!! #COVID19
— Knotted Knits (@knits_knotty) June 10, 2020
can the government please take into account the mental health issues this lockdown will of caused for so many people, all i need is a fucking hug off my boyfriend if we’ve both been isolating and not seeing anyone else why is that less safe than going to primark or thorpe park???
— Mia💐 (@miaaimee_) June 10, 2020
The good news is that children CAN return to full-time lessons from Monday, they just have to do them while riding Nemesis Inferno at Thorpe Park
— Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm) June 10, 2020
If it wasn’t so ludicrous it would actually be hilarious that we still can’t go and legally see our grandparents in their houses, but come the 4th July we can go to Thorpe Park and sit next to them as we’re flung beyond the confines of time and space on Nemesis Inferno
— jack rem x (@jackremmington) June 10, 2020
I mean when the law is taken literally this does seem kind of stupid, but the transmission rate is allegedly less than 1% outside and if there’s an empty row between riders as suggested I suppose they are adhering to social distancing rules, although I do wonder how they’re going to enforce that for some of those queues. I think most people out here by now probably are hugging their parents/ grandparents and shagging their boyfriends anyway, but it does seem slightly stupid that you can’t do that but travel to a massive theme park instead.
What do you expect from 2020 though at this point? Make your own mind up.
For more of the same, check out this guy only just figuring out Rage Against The Machine is a political band. Come on guy.