How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting Blackpool?
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the UK Government has issued extensive advice on unnecessary travel and non-essential contact, and taken emergency measures to stop the spread of the virus.
This has inevitably had an impact on our tourism industry in terms of cancellations and temporary closures of key attractions, theatres, bars, restaurants and cafes.
During this period of lockdown, we urge you to follow Public Health advice and stay at home. You can view the latest health advice here.
When we get to the other side of this unprecedented situation and it is safe to travel, we look forward to welcoming you back
Known venue closures include:
• Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Closed until further notice. Please keep an eye on their website for advice on pre-existing bookings and for regular updates.
• The Blackpool Tower, Ballroom, Circus, Fifth Floor Landing and Blackpool Tower Dungeon – Merlin has temporarily closed the attractions until further noticealong with the SEALIFE Centre and Madame Tussauds.
• Blackpool Zoo: Temporary closure until further notice with effect from close of business on March 21.
• Grand Theatre - Temporary closure. At this point, all shows cancelled until April 6 with the situation under review. The Grand has politely advised people to not contact the Box Office.
• Winter Gardens – Temporarily closed until further notice. Note that some events including dance festivals have been rescheduled to later in the year (see below).
• VIVA Blackpool - Closed with immediate effect until April 6. VIVA is contacting all affected bookings has politely advised people to not contact the venue.
• Blackpool Football Club - Blackpool Football Club fixtures in the English Football League have been suspended until April 30.
• Blackpool Transport and Heritage Tram Tours – The tramway is suspended from Monday March 30 until further notice. A bus replacement service will be in place on the Promenade.
• Grundy Art Gallery - Closed until further notice. The Grundy team will be working behind the scenes on new programmes and ensuring good care and security of the building.
• Sandcastle Waterpark - Closed until further notice and aim to reopen as soon as they are able to do so. We advise you to email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Known event postponements and cancellations include:
- Armed Forces Week - 25 March: Blackpool’s annual celebration of Britain’s armed forces has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The week-long programme of events, which was due to take place from June 22-28, is the resort’s long-standing way of saying “thanks” to serving military personnel, veterans and cadets with a wide range of activities leading up to Armed Forces Day.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “This year would have been particularly poignant given that 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
“Armed Forces Week has long been an important part of our events programme and we will be looking to do something next year which is a fitting way of recognising everything that our military personnel do on our behalf.”
• Pride Blackpool 2020 - Cancelled due to the Government advice over large-scale gatherings. The event was due to take place June 5-7. For more information on ticket refunds, please click here.
• The European Dance Championships in association with the DPA and WDC AL is now from 15 to 17 October (Original dates 10 – 12 April) at the Winter Gardens.
• The Blackpool Junior Dance Festival is now from 31 August to 4 September – Ballroom, Latin and Sequence events, and from 19 to 20 September – Formation events. (Original Dates 16 – 19 April)
• Blackpool Dance Festival is now from 25 August to 6 September (Original dates 16 – 29 May).
- Blackpool Music Run has been moved to Sunday 18 October due to the escalating pandemic. Blackpool Music Run was originally taking place on Sunday 26 July.
Do check your plans before you travel. We will be providing regular updates here.
Sales of Resort Pass for the months of April, May and June are suspended. If you have already purchased a Resort Pass and are looking to cancel or change your dates, please contact the Tourist Information Centre by email here.
What's the risk of coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
• A dry cough
• A high temperature
• Shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
• Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
• You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• Check if you need medical help
• You should use the NHS 111’s online coronavirus service if you need medical help. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
• Call 111 if you need to speak to someone. Use this service if:
• Your condition gets worse
• Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
• Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
More information is available on the NHS website.
If you are a Blackpool resident and require more information, please head to Blackpool Council for regular updates on coronavirus.