Blackpool Winter Gardens admits drop in ticket sales after plan B announcement

One of Lancashire’s most popular event spaces has seen a mixed response from visitors, since the government’s Covid Plan B guidelines were announced last week.

Blackpool Winter Gardens have a busy Christmas events schedule and although it is confident it will remain open during the holiday season, the new guidelines have “definitely affected the business”, said a door – talk of the place to LancsLive.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the latest restrictions in a bid to stop the rapid spread of the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus.

It had a ripple effect on hostility and entertainment venues across the county, with some experiencing massive cancellations and an uncertain and anxious festive period.

Guidelines include wearing a face covering in indoor public places such as theaters and cinemas, working from home where possible, and a covid pass indicating full immunization status will now be required to attend. larger events such as sports matches, concerts and nightclubs.

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The Winter Gardens multi-purpose complex includes a number of event spaces, including the Empress Ballroom and conference rooms, along with the Winter Gardens Wonderland featuring Santa’s Cave, the funfair and the Bavarian-style market chalets, currently in progress, as well as a three-week Laque à l’Opéra stay.

John Thomson, patron of the RMCH charity

The venue’s biggest Christmas party event took place last Saturday and was largely unaffected by the December 8 announcements, but the number of another slated for the coming weekend dropped in due to cancellations.

Event planners are seeing private sector bookings honored, while public sector bookings retreat, with much of “essential services so wisely reduced to ensure they can continue to deliver as needed.”

And while Hairspray ticket sales “slipped” last Thursday, Friday and over the weekend, they have “since recovered to levels we expected.”

Before the Prime Minister’s announcement, they had sold 27,000 tickets for the musical, starring John Thomson.

“These were basically people trying to understand and react to the announcement late last week,” the spokesperson added.

“It certainly affected the business, but unlike many theaters and venues that unfortunately closed, we were able to continue operating. As we have done over the past two years, we will adapt and continue to work. to keep the team safe, visit businesses and guests. “

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