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Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park Make Preparations In Readiness To Reopen.

In anticipation of the Government’s relaxation of lockdown measures Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park are preparing to reopen to day visitors in the very near future.

Both parks offer vast open spaces in the stunning Kent countryside. Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is set amongst 600 acres and Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 100-acre site. There is ample space for guests to visit and socially distance themselves from other guests whilst viewing the wonderful animals on site and helping the charity to recover some of the income lost to date to the coronavirus crisis.

The parks differ significantly to other Kent wildlife attractions given the size and space available to visitors and animals alike. No other animal attraction in Kent are able to offer their guests the option of socially distancing themselves in such a fashion.

To give customers the confidence to visit the Parks, strict social distancing measures will be implemented to provide as safe as experience as possible, not only for visitors but for the Parks employees and animals as well.

These measures include the following;

Social Distancing
• Limiting the number of visitors allowed in each park per day
• The creation of a one-way system around the parks to ensure the 2m social distancing guidance can be followed
• Additional toilet facilities provided to cope with increased usage and to allow for constant cleaning and increased hygiene procedures being implemented.

Cleanliness
• Hand sanitiser points around the park
• Enhanced and strict cleaning regimes in all public areas
• Signage to remind visitors of handwashing guidelines and the governments guidelines on social distancing.

Safeguarding
• Animal encounters and experiences limited to those species not at risk and those that do not include social gathering
• The Treetop Challenge will be closed at Howletts
• Catering outlets operating on a takeaway basis only
• All staff will be issued with PPE and will be encouraged to wear face masks
• Protective screening will be installed at customer contact points
• Only card payments will be accepted, no cash will be accepted at this time.

Guests are asked to pre-book their tickets by visiting the website to avoid disappointment as daily numbers will be limited. Arriving on the day may not guarantee entry. Their day ticket policy does however allow customers to benefit from the rainy-day policy should the weather turn inclement on the day.

Although the parks cannot open their gates just yet, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park are ready to offer a safe day out where visitors can enjoy visiting the animals, whilst safely social distancing in the fresh open air of the Kent countryside.

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