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Glastonbury was only announced as cancelled an hour ago, I would argue something like that is far more problematic than Alton.
Right, but I can still go in 9 pubs/bars that I can see from my office in central Manchester. They're all full of people, in enclosed spaces, consuming food and drink, using non-disposable cutlery. This is happening today, now in fact.Yeah, but the difference is, Glastonbury is now cancelled and, let's face it, was always going to be. Alton is not #cancelled, nor is it taking place months away in the summer. The park opens this Saturday, amid an emerging national pandemic.
I can understand the logic of the National Trust maintaining admission on their wide, open spaces. Alton has plenty of those, sure, but many more queues, rides and other tight, sticky squeezes, including food and drink outlets where they make most their cash. Seems mental to me.
For reference, Alton did open alongside the Foot and Mouth Crisis in 2001, and they slaughtered all of their farm animals in order to be able to do so.
Haha, indeed. I get the outrage about Alton*, but it's not without precedent. Pleasure Beach and Drayton are still slated to open and bars/restaurants are still open and are ram-jammed - they're arguably far higher risk.I suppose we are heading into a broader, more nuanced discussion about society, liberty and personal freedom that is perhaps ill-advised to project onto the opening of 'Gangsta Granny: The Ride'.
Haha, indeed. I get the outrage about Alton*, but it's not without precedent. Pleasure Beach and Drayton are still slated to open and bars/restaurants are still open and are ram-jammed - they're arguably far higher risk.
Get out of the bubble, kids.
* I suspect they might not open after all.
The latest advice is to not go out, not for companies to close. It’s a tricky situation, my place of work is experiencing a similar difficulty in closing it’s doors.I'm not sure the double standards you think are occurring are actually present here. Forgive me if I missed it but I haven't seen anyone claim that bars and restaurants are ok to still be open? I'm fairly certain all the folk here who are saying the park should be closed have the same opinion on all non-essential social venues.
And I'm not sure Drayton and BPB have made their intentions known yet, so the reason all of the criticism is falling directly onto Merlin here is because they are the ones who have directly come out and said they are going to open despite this being clearly against the latest advice from the government.
The latest advice is to not go out, not for companies to close. It’s a tricky situation, my place of work is experiencing a similar difficulty in closing it’s doors.
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