Visitors warned to book free tickets before visiting Sidmouth donkeys over October half-term

Visits to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth this October half-term are free but entry must be booked in advance in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The move has been introduced so the sanctuary can safely manage visitor numbers during busy times.

Visitors can choose a 30-minute arrival time between 9.30am and 2.30pm on their chosen day, between Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, November 1. Visitors will be able to stay on site until the sanctuary closes at 4pm.

In line with government Covid-19 regulations, a maximum of six people in any one group will be admitted.

A spokeswoman for The Donkey Sanctuary said: “A number of measures are in place to keep both the public and staff as safe as possible, including a new one-way loop around the sanctuary and extra hand-washing stations.

“To help minimise contact and encourage responsible social distancing, some areas are not accessible, meaning there are fewer opportunities to interact with the resident donkeys.”

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis from the sanctuary’s website, here.

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