"Blackpool remains safely open" says leader of Blackpool Council20th of October, 2020
With the government bringing in Tier 3 restrictions Blackpool over the weekend, we understand that you may feel a little concerned about your upcoming holiday. Blackpool is still open and welcoming visitors... and so are we! Read our handy guide to what this means for you and your holiday.
What are Tier 3 restrictions?
Blackpool and Lancashire have been placed in Tier 3 in the new government alert system. This means that
- Restaurants and cafés remain open for table service and takeaway – closing between 10pm and 5am daily.
- Pubs and bars that serve meals and can offer table service remain open.
- Most entertainment and tourist attractions are open and COVID-Secure, except some casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, soft play areas, nightclubs and adult entertainment.
- You should only socialise indoors or outdoors (except certain settings) with people from your own household or support bubble.
- You can meet others outdoors on beaches, in parks and in other open public outdoor settings. You may meet people from outside your household or support bubble in these settings, but must follow social distancing and the rule of 6.
- You should only travel with people from your own household or support bubble.
How do Tier 3 local restrictions affect my holiday?
In Blackpool, the current restrictions mean that you should only travel and stay with people from your own household or support bubble, as different households may not socialise indoors or outdoors (except in certain settings).
As of Saturday, official Government advice says that people should avoid travelling outside of Lancashire or travelling into Lancashire for overnight stays. However, Councillor Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, said in a press conference that there is no "mandatory ban on travel" in and out of Lancashire. When asked specifically about Blackpool, Councillor Williams said the seaside resort remains open - but "safely" so.
"Our key resorts, the Pleasure Beach for example, will remain open,” she said. “Our businesses have done an awful lot of work to make sure they are Covid-safe. Blackpool remains safely open. Not bars and pubs [that don't serve food], but in terms of everything else. People are able to come but will have to ensure that they abide by the measures our public health colleagues have stated and other restrictions, and travel within their own family, household unit."
What is open in Blackpool?
Most of the attractions remain open, with some additional safety measures in place.
At Blackpool Pleasure Beach, you will be required to book online in advance. The Pleasure Beach are limiting the amount of people in the park each day, so book a few days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Indoor venues such as Madam Tussauds and Sea Life Blackpool remain open, and also prefer guests to book online in advance. You will be required to wear a face covering in all indoor venues (unless exempt).
As a family amusement centre with restaurants, Coral Island will remain open, as will rides, arcades, games stalls, cafés and food concessions on North, Central and South Piers.
Shops and transport in Blackpool all remain open, requiring visitors to wear a face covering unless exempt.
The Blackpool Illuminations are on every day until midnight, and a special COVID-19 team will be patrolling the promenade each night to ensure social distancing is taking place.
What do I do if I need to cancel?
We understand that these are worrying and uncertain times for many people, and that changes in local restrictions may affect our guests. We know that many of you have had to cancel holidays already this year, and are in need of a well-deserved break.
First of all, check the terms of your booking as we have two different offerings. If you booked on our Standard Terms, you have the benefit of free and easy cancellation. You can cancel your booking at any point up to 7 days before your arrival without incurring any charges at all. If you need to cancel your booking due to regional restrictions within the 7 days before your arrival, we have developed a new option to re-book your stay with us at any time within the next 12 months. Your full spend will be placed on a gift voucher, with options for you to re-book at your convenience (depending on availability).
If you booked on our non-refundable terms, unfortunately we would not be able to offer a refund. However, we know how much you have been looking forward to your visit and we do not want you to lose out! We have added to our non-refundable terms to give you some flexibility, so that if you need to cancel your visit due to regional restrictions, we would offer the full amount of your spend on a gift voucher. You could then re-book your stay with us at your convenience within the next 12 months (depending on availability).
If you booked through one of our online booking partners such as Air BnB or booking.com, you may not have some of the flexible options that we offer directly. Don’t worry though! Our team of hospitality experts are on hand to find a solution with you. Just give us a call on 01253 621005 or an email on email@example.com.