DETAILED phased plans are in place for reopening Tatton Park, which has been closed since the end of March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The park’s website said that the plans focused on the safety and wellbeing of visitors, staff, wildlife and the impact on local communities.

The website said: “We're hoping to reopen parts of the park when and where it is safe to do so, and having reviewed the updated Government guidance, we have developed detailed phased plans for reopening safely, legally and responsibly.

“Their implementation takes account of the Government restrictions on paid-for-entry attractions such as Tatton Park, and like many other destination attractions we are awaiting clarification of Government guidance that would allow us to open.

“Whilst we hoped to open the parkland to pedestrians first, the recent relaxation of travel restrictions means this would place extra burden and increased risk on the local area and community.

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However, once the Government clarifies the position on pay-for-entry attractions, we hope to be able to reopen safely for cars as well as walkers and cyclists, and provide access to the parkland with parking, toilets and the staff required to safely manage these areas.

“The council [Cheshire East] continues to assess when we will be able to implement this phased approach in line with many other similar properties and estates. Until then it remains safer for everyone for us to remain closed.

"As soon as it is safe for us to do so, and we have clearance to open, we look forward to welcoming you back.”