Zip World makes plan to re­open when safe

Bangor Mail - - News -

ZIP World is putting to­gether a “re­launch strat­egy” - but says it will only re­open when it’s in the “best in­ter­ests” of vis­i­tors, staff and the wider com­mu­nity.

The ad­ven­ture gi­ant shut down its 11 at­trac­tions on March 20 ahead of the of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment lock­down.

It has seen 98% of its staff go into fur­lough.

But with UK and Welsh gov­ern­ments now start­ing to talk about exit strate­gies from lock­down the com­pany is look­ing at how it can re­launch safely this sum­mer.

This may in­clude only open­ing some of their at­trac­tions, hav­ing re­duced ca­pac­ity, ro­bust hy­giene and PPE for staff.

Bosses said though they are here for the long term so even if gov­ern­ments give at­trac­tions the green light to open - they will only do so if it’s the right thing to do.

They are not set­ting any date for re­open­ing.

Sean Tay­lor, founder and pres­i­dent of Zip World, said: “The over­whelm­ing sup­port re­ceived from the UK and Welsh Gov­ern­ments have en­abled us to re­tain our staff who are the back­bone of our or­gan­i­sa­tion and this has been in­stru­men­tal to our re­launch plans.

“The only thing I can be sure of is that we will only open when it is safe to do so and that we are sat­is­fied that our mea­sures are in the best in­ter­ests of the cus­tomer, North Wales com­mu­nity and the Zip World team.”

Ex­tra mea­sures in­cludes wayfind­ing and sig­nage and the use of tech where pos­si­ble to re­duce con­sumer and team mem­ber touch points.

Ad­di­tion­ally, food and bev­er­age will move to­wards a grab and go type of­fer­ing - with their restau­rant and cafe spa­ces pro­vid­ing ex­tra room to al­low for so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

A spokesman added: “As the Covid-19 cri­sis con­tin­ued to de­velop, the re­al­i­sa­tion of re­turn­ing to ‘business as usual’ quickly evap­o­rated and was re­placed with a fo­cus on con­sol­i­da­tion and sur­vival of the business.”

The com­pany said that as one of the lead­ing brands in the re­gion it had a role to play in set­ting a good ex­am­ple and help­ing to re­build the tourism econ­omy of the area.

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