THE new Gulliver’s Valley theme park has come under fire from guests after new rules require kids from the age of three to wear face masks.
The new rules have been introduced after they opened this month, as part of their safety precautions during the pandemic.
It states: “Face coverings are mandatory on all rides. If you’re under three years of age you should not wear a face covering, but you can still use the rides.”
The current government advice states that anyone under the age of 11 doesn’t need to wear a face mask.
This also includes “not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.”
However, Gulliver’s Valley guests slammed the new rules, saying they were unnecessary for young kids.
On Facebook, one person wrote: “Face masks for all over 3s? Why? The government’s own guidelines state children under 11 do not need to wear face masks.”
Another person added: “We won’t be visiting. Everyone gets to choose what they are comfortable with. And for those with additional needs that are exempt will feel like everyone is wondering why they are different.”
Others agreed: “It’s a shame as we were really looking forward to visiting but my little girl has recently turned 3 and I don’t see how you can explain to a 3 year old they have to keep a face mask on!”
However, others didn’t see the problem, with their own children happy to wear the mask.
One person wrote: “We visited yesterday and my youngest just turned 3 never worn a mask but every time we went on a ride asked for his mask and wore it without any complaint.
“I work for NHS so know under 11s not required to wear but totally complied with Gulliver’s requirements and had the best family day out. Highly recommend. Thanks to all the amazing Gulliver’s staff.”
Another family agreed, commenting: “We went yesterday and had an amazing day. My kids weren’t bothered about wearing face masks for the rides, hands regularly washed and sanitised. 2020 will not stop us having fun and making memories.”
One mum also said: “Would happily visit, my just turned 4 year old and 8 year old have no issue wearing masks – as long as not for hours at a time – a few mins here and there not an issue.”
Julie Dalton, managing director of Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park Resorts, told Sun Online Travel: “Following feedback from our guests and our staff, we have introduced a system for those unable to wear face-coverings, to indicate this at the time of pre-booking.
“This new system will enable us to understand the number of expected interactions, to further assess risk and to identify advanced safety measures where necessary. It also offers an enhanced level in our ability to assist with contract tracing.”
Gulliver’s Valley opened their doors for the first time this month after being delayed by coronavirus.
The £37m theme park located in Sheffield includes 26 new rides across 250 acres, as well as indoor attractions and restaurants.
Joining Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes, Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock Bath and Gulliver’s World in Cheshire, the park is opening phase one which includes a number of themed lands.
Other theme parks have been enforcing their own face mask rules.
Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland require face masks to be worn for all guests over the age of six when on rides.
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