Dutch theme park Efteling plans to re-open on Wednesday (May 20) while introducing new safety measures.

The new protocols include safe social distancing, hygiene stations and clear information on adhering to local public health guidelines.

An initial re-opening period has included a number of test days in which the volume of visitors was gently expanded to ensure that staff can get used to the new working methods, which are continuously evaluated and improved to keep both employees and guests safe.

Efteling is placing central disinfection points and cleaning contact points, such as brackets and door handles regularly.

Employees will use personal protective equipment “if necessary”.

Guests will know how to keep sufficient distance from each other through clear information on signs, screens and markings on the ground.

Efteling hopes to welcome international guests once travel restrictions have been lifted in their respective countries. 

The park attracted five million visitors a year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chief executive Fons Jurgens said: “We have always made sure that our guests can enjoy the park safely.

“That is no different now. What is different is exactly what that safety entails.

“We know better than anyone how guests move in our park and how we can spread groups and we are using this knowledge to ensure guests can always keep a safe distance.

“Fortunately, we have plenty of space because our park is approximately the size of 140 football fields.

“We also allow a limited number of guests to pre-book their visit. This way we can guarantee that everyone has the space for their day out.”