Southport Pleasureland owner Norman Wallis says he is “praying for everyone’s health and an economic recovery soon” after Southport and the Liverpool City Region were moved up into more restrictive Tier 3 measures today.
Pleasureland had welcomed hundreds of families to its spectacular Christmas experience during December with the area under Tier 2.
The event was due to run until 3 January, but was cut short and closed on Christmas Eve.
Mr Wallis is now hoping that a combination of more Covid restrictions in place now plus the imminent rollout of a second Coronavirus vaccine from Monday may help the park to reopen in two months’ time, in mid-February.
He said: “When the new strain was announced it seemed people became more concerned and we had to take the decision to close on Christmas Eve rather than on the 3rd of January when we were supposed to.
“Now that we are in Tier 3 and Lancashire is in Tier 4, opening is not an option.
“We can only hope that the measures and the vaccine will bring down the R rate and we then hope to open for Valentine’s Day and Spring half term.
“We hope and pray for everyone’s health and an economic recovery soon.”