THEME parks are closing around the world due to coronavirus, as large gatherings are banned and travel restrictions are brought into place.

Here is the latest news on theme parks in the UK and whether they are opening.

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Some theme parks have already closed around the world – Disneyland Paris closed last weekend, along with Disney World and Disneyland California.

In the UK, attractions such as Butlins and Center Parcs have also closed, along with Drayton Manor, as the UK government advises social distancing and all but essential travel.

Theme parks in the UK are yet to open for the season, with many planning to open this weekend.

Here is the latest on which theme parks are open in the UK and what guests need to know.

Is Alton Towers closed?

Alton Towers is to continue to open on March 21, with the situation being monitored by the theme park.

Their latest statement explains: "As a large outdoor attraction, we’re developing plans to maintain space and social distance as guests move around the resort, in addition to the enhanced cleaning regimes and availability of hand sanitisation products.

"It’s important that if you do feel unwell or are in self-isolation following a member of your household showing symptoms of coronavirus, we ask you to postpone your visit until you are fully recovered."

Guests have been asked to try and abide by the social distancing rules with two metres between them, for example in restaurants and queues, while some rides may be closed which require ride harness checks.

Anyone with tickets up until May 1 who no longer wish to visit can change them for any other date in the 2020 season, excluding special days.

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