CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DCMS – REOPENING OF LEISURE PARKS AND OTHER OPEN-AIR FACILITIES [47166] – 14 May 2020

Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, for what reason (a) leisure parks have been provisionally scheduled for reopening only in step 3 of the covid-19 recovery strategy and (b) open-air facilities have been grouped for reopening with (i) cinemas and (ii) other indoor leisure venues; and if he will make it his policy to reallocate leisure parks to an earlier reopening phase of the recovery strategy.  [47166]

[Due for Answer on 20 May.]  

ANSWER

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage (Nigel Huddleston): The Government will look at reopening sites such as leisure parks and outdoor recreation facilities no earlier than 4 July, in line with the wider hospitality sector. Any decisions will be subject to further scientific advice and the risk assessment at the time.

As part of the Government’s leisure and recreation taskforce, my Department has set up a Visitor Economy Working Group to specifically focus on the practicalities and guidelines for opening up the sector during the recovery period. We will issue further guidance shortly on our phased reopening approach, including which businesses could be covered in each phase and the timeframes involved.