The Gibraltar Fair starts this weekend and the Ministry of Equality are reminding the general public of the launch of the Easy Access Pass for people with disabilities, to be used at this year’s Gibraltar fair.
The Easy Access Pass forms part of a new initiative launched by the Ministry of Equality with the aim to make the Gibraltar Fair experience more inclusive for people with disabilities. The pass will be applicable in two different ways:
- At attractions where there is a requirement to queue, pass holders will, upon reaching the front of the queue, have to present their pass to the attraction greeter (feriante). The attraction greeter will then secure a seat on the ride for the pass holder.
- At attractions where there is no designated queue line, pass holders will need to present their pass to the attraction greeter at the ticket box when purchasing a ticket. The attraction greeter will then secure a seat on the ride for the pass holder.
Applicants should note that not all rides may be suitable for all visitors as each has strict operating requirements based on the containment of the ride, the force of the ride and the evacuation procedure. Attraction greeters have to follow all rules and restrictions for health and safety reasons. Consequently, attraction greeters may refuse admission to a ride if they feel that the safety of a visitor or the safety of others may be at risk.
In addition to the pass, sensory adaptations will be available every day for the first two hours of the fair, that is 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, during which period, lights will be switched off and sound will be minimised. These will be particularly beneficial to persons who have conditions which may be triggered by loud noises or bright/strobing lights.