SEA LIFE sites across England and Ireland are set to fully reopen to visitors from the 4th July 2020, as national lockdown measures continue to ease.

Each of the site teams has worked throughout the lockdown to design and implement reopening measures that ensure that the attraction is safe for visitors and colleagues alike. Sites will begin to reopen in late June and each is set to be entirely open to visitors by early next-month.

The following measures will be in place at the sites, comprising Birmingham, Blackpool, Brighton, Hunstanton, Manchester, Scarborough and Weymouth in England and Bray in the Republic of Ireland:

  • Online only bookings; guests will now need to pre-book a specific time slot for their visit to ensure visitor numbers remain at a safe level throughout the day
  • Social distancing; queues outside and inside the attraction, plus features such as talks from expert team members, will be carefully spaced for everyone’s safety. There may also be phased entrancing in place at certain points around the site to keep groups apart while also making sure everyone gets to meet every creature on display. Markers will be in place at most points onsite to help make this simple
  • PPE; while you won’t need specific PPE in order to gain admission, Sea Life staff may be wearing appropriate items and clothing so they can work safely. Fixtures such as clear plastic screens at check-in desks and tills may also be in-place
  • Temperature checks; will be in place at all entrances for guests and team members
  • Enhanced cleaning; additional cleaning will take place throughout the day and hygiene stations and hand sanitiser will be available

Full details of the measures in place for each Sea Life site are available online and all plans have been carefully considered in-line with the latest government guidelines.

As with any activity post-lockdown, Sea Life asks all visitors to closely observe guidelines, maintain a safe distance from those outside their party and to keep up with good hygiene practices. If they or any of their party displays any symptoms of Covid-19, they are asked to postpone their visit and to contact the site to change the date of their booking.

Craig Dunkerley, spokesperson for Sea Life, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming guests back to all of our Sea Life sites across England and Ireland and as ever, the health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our number one priority.

“Each site is utilising an extensive range of safety measures, designed to ensure a happy, safe and healthy experience for all. I’m sure after many the extended lockdown, many families, particularly with younger children, will be in real need of escapism, entertainment and a way of making happy new memories with those they love.

“I know our teams around the country – plus our site’s aquatic residents – are all looking forward to offering just that.”

While Sea Life has been closed during lockdown, aquarists and other team members have worked tirelessly to care for the creatures at each site, both practically via cleaning and feeding for example, but also emotionally via activities and stimuli to ensure that fishy friends who are used to a lot of interaction and excitement didn’t become bored.

Visit for more information and to be kept up to date on the reopening measures and arrangements for each individual site.


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