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Pat O’Suilleabhain at Sea Life Bray

Pat O’Suilleabhain at Sea Life Bray

Pat O’Suilleabhain at Sea Life Bray

Sea Life in Bray will re-open to visitors on Monday, June 29.

The site will re-open with extensive safety measures in place.

The team has worked throughout the lock-down to design and implement reopening measures that ensure that the attraction is safe for visitors and colleagues alike.

The following measures will be in place at Sea Life Bray, in line with the latest government advice:

Online only bookings; guests will now need to pre-book a specific time slot for their visit to ensure visitor numbers remain at a safe level throughout the day

Social distancing; queues outside and inside the attraction will be carefully spaced for everyone's safety. In Bray, this means only one group will enter at once with no more than 60 people entering the site each hour. Markers will be in place at most points on-site to help make this simple

While you won't need specific PPE in order to gain admission, Sea Life staff will be wearing appropriate items and clothing so they can work safely. Fixtures such as clear plastic screens at check-in desks and tills will also be in-place

Temperature checks will be in place at all entrances for guests and team members.

Enhanced cleaning; additional cleaning will take place throughout the day and hygiene stations and hand sanitiser will be available

As with any activity post-lock-down, Sea Life Bray asks all visitors to closely observe guidelines, maintain a safe distance from those outside their party and to keep up with good hygiene practices. If they or any of their party displays any symptoms of Covid-19, they are asked to postpone their visit and to contact the site to change the date of their booking.

Initially, in line with government rules, Sea Life Bray will only open to guests from the county of Wicklow and to those from within 20 kilometres of the site's location, although this guidance is expected to continue to ease in the coming weeks.

Pat Ó Súilleabháin, general manager for Sea Life Bray, said: 'We are really looking forward to welcoming guests back and as ever, the health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our number one priority.

'We're utilising an extensive range of safety measures, designed to ensure a happy, safe and healthy experience for all.

'I'm sure after many the extended lockdown, many families, particularly with younger children, will be in real need of escapism, entertainment and a way of making happy new memories with those they love.

'I know our team here in Bray - plus our site's aquatic residents - are all looking forward to offering just that.'

While all Sea Life sites across the UK and Ireland have been closed during lock-down local aquarists and other team members have worked tirelessly to care for the creatures Bray is home to, both practically via cleaning and feeding for example, but also emotionally via activities and stimuli to ensure that fishy friends who are used to a lot of interaction and excitement didn't become bored.

Go to sealife.ie to book.

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