An air ambulance was dispatched to the resort’s waterpark where visitors were given medical treatment. Alton Towers amusement park has been closed for the winter break but the resort’s waterpark – which features indoor and outdoor areas – has been open daily from 10am-1pm. A resort spokesman said: “At around 1 o’clock today we took the decision to close the Waterpark after a small number of people reported irritation of the eyes and throat.
Alton Towers close a waterpark after visitors reported suffering irritation of their eyes and throat
“We are working with West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Fire Brigade to investigate.
“All affected guests are being offered medical treatment, and their tickets will be refunded or revalidated.”
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were called to the park and dispatched three crews.
West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police also attended the incident.
The news comes as the UK is on high alert for coronavirus after 12 new positive tests for the deadly virus were confirmed yesterday.
Alton Towers Water Park has been closed
There has been no confirmation whether the incident has any connection to the deadly virus.
Earlier today it was reported staff who work for Merlin Entertainment, which overseas Alton Towers as well as other UK attractions including Thorpe Park, Legoland and Sea Life, should not travel to “higher-risk countries”.
A Merlin spokesman said: “The health and safety of our guests and our staff is always our top priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare.
“We have restricted employee travel to higher-risk countries, implemented enhanced cleaning regimes at our attractions, and informed our teams of coronavirus symptoms as well as the importance of good hygiene practices.”
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