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Thursday 19th March

One of the region’s top tourist attractions is continuing to operate in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis and intends to remain open until it is advised to do otherwise.

The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has implemented a number of measures in order to reduce the risk of people spreading the infection, while still being able to enjoy themselves and have fun.

The Adventure Cove soft play area has been closed, and a social distancing policy has been introduced in the seating areas of all its food and drink outlets.

Tim Moyle, Director at the Grand Pier, said: “We are fully committed to adhering to the strictest World Health Organization advice, and any protocols advised by local and international authorities.

“We consider the wellbeing of guests and our staff as an absolute top priority.

“On an every-day basis, we are proud of our high standards of hygiene but nevertheless we have implemented a heightened cleaning regime right across our site.

“It is our intention to continue to stay open until we are advised to close.

“If people take sensible precautions around their own hygiene, as well as observing social distancing advice and measures, they can still enjoy a visit to the Pier.

“The government has said people – even the elderly and more vulnerable – should still take walks as long as they observe social distancing, and a bracing walk along our boardwalk, taking in the sea air and spectacular views could be a welcome break from their four walls.

“We will, of course, continue to closely monitor the changing situation, and heed any new expert advice as it emerges.

“But they key message right now is that the Grand Pier is open.”

Some events – which naturally involve larger groups of people congregating – have been cancelled.

The Pier itself took the decision earlier this week to postpone the Fireworks At Sea display that was scheduled for next month and some other events, which are staged by outside organisations which use the Pier as a venue, have also been postponed.

If anyone has any concerns about a booking they have made, they should keep checking the Pier’s website and social media channels for updates. People can also call the Pier on 01934 620 238.

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