With London entering Tier 3 tomorrow Merlin Entertainments once again needs to close its attractions – including SEALIFE London Aquarium
Today at SEALIFE London Aquarium they protested the lack of a level playing field as other businesses such as non-essential retail can remain open
Merlin Entertainments has put considerable investment and industry-leading procedures in place – as have businesses throughout their sector – which exceed Government guidelines. But tourism and hospitality businesses seem to have been singled out and given restrictions which are unlike those applied to retail (including shopping centres), gyms and beauty services.
Catherine Pritchard, General Manager of South Bank Attractions at Merlin Entertainments including SEALIFE London Aquarium:
“It is so disappointing to be forced to close our indoor attractions once again due to London moving into Tier 3. Whilst we are of course very much united in support of the national effort to tackle COVID-19, we do feel it is incredibly frustrating that there appears to be no level playing field when it comes to who can stay open and who can’t. We have very high safety procedures in place in line with Government guidelines including pre-booking, significantly reduced numbers of guests and numerous social distancing measures but have to close while non-essential retail can remain open. We definitely – as our penguins here at SEALIFE London Aquarium emphasise – feel very much left out in the cold by the Government.”