I have heard from a friend (who has a friend who works high up at Oakwood) that Merlin and Aspro have been in close co-ordination with the government about the reopening of theme parks. "Apparently", theme parks are high priority on the list of "leisure" attractions allowed to reopen from the 4th July as they are majority outdoor spaces, and it has been proven that the virus is far less likely to spread outdoors than in indoor spaces. Therefore, it is possible theme parks could well be given the green light before the likes of cinemas and indoor spaces of pubs (perhaps beer gardens can open up first). It is clear Merlin, Oakwood and Fantasy Island are looking to get their doors open at the earliest possible date set out from the government.Back on topic, it looks as if Oakwood plan to open on the 4th July too
And does this mean Drayton Manor are expecting to be open by 21st July?
And as for Drayton manor, they just haven't updated their calendar. The purple squares reference to the main season of the park whereas from 21st July is a special event, so it doesn't have any indication as to when they might reopen. I would also see them looking to reopen for the earliest possible date, even if they just start off by operating the zoo without the rides or something similar for the initial stages of reopening.
As for international travel, it's not looking too promising for us Brits at the moment. Greece will reopen to tourists by 1st July, however excluding those of us from the UK. Cyprus & Poland are expected to lift restrictions in some way on 15. June, however how relaxed they will be and who will be allowed to come is not clear as of yet. Italy seems to be most ahead of the game with the quarantine being lifted from 3rd June, and no mention of those of us from the UK being banned. Maybe I will have to try and piece together a theme park holiday to Gardaland and Movieland this summer if there are no other options...