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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 21st July 2020

Dick Turpin’s Death Suspended As York Dungeon Re-opens!

Dick Turpin’s daily death has been suspended for reasons of safety, but York Dungeon is alive and well and now open for business!

The star attraction has re-opened as national lockdown measures continue to ease.

The site team has worked throughout the lockdown to design and implement reopening measures that ensure the attraction is safe for visitors, colleagues and even costumed characters.

The Dungeon is now open from 11am-4pm every day with tours of six guests every 15 minutes as a safety precaution.

As a further precaution, guests will also be required to wear face masks while enjoying the scary spectacle that the attraction offers.

The following measures, in line with government advice, are also in place and regularly updated as and when new guidance is provided:

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, plus the tour through the dungeon with costumed characters, will be carefully spaced for everyone’s safety. Markers will be in place at most points onsite to help make this simple

PPE; Dungeon staff may be wearing appropriate items and clothing so they can work safely. Fixtures such as clear plastic screens at check-in desks and tills may 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

To ensure safety, some elements of the York Dungeon experience, namely the Execution and Dick Turpin shows, have been temporarily closed while the Mirror Maze is now a walk through. These adjustments to the experience will be frequently reviewed and made available again once social distancing guidelines have been reduced.

As with any activity post-lockdown, the York Dungeon 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 at no extra cost.

Andy Turner, General Manager at York Dungeon, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming guests and delivering thrills once more.

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

“I know our visitor team – plus our resident costumed ‘inmates’ – are all looking forward to delivering a much needed thrill and a memorable experience following the extended lockdown.”

Visit www.thedungeons.com/york for more information and to be kept up to date on the site’s reopening measures and arrangements.