MANAGEMENT at the Trentham Estate are implementing major changes ahead of hopefully reopening to visitors in the near future.
The popular Stoke-on-Trent tourist attraction has remained shut since March 23 due to the coronavirus lockdown introduced by Government.
The garden centre within the shopping village reopened last week.
Details have now emerged of new measures being introduced to the Italian Gardens to comply with social distancing rules.
These include a capacity limit, a new one-way system and various facilities including the lakeside cafe remaining closed.
A Trentham Estate spokesman said: "We have been working closely reviewing updates from the Government and can confirm that we are now working hard to reopen the gardens, as soon as it is safe to do so.
"There are several measures we must put in place prior to opening, to ensure we are keeping our staff safe while working.
He advised visitors: "Initially we will restrict access to our existing members who will be allowed access for the purposes of exercise. We are also implementing a restriction on capacity which will help support social distancing and provide an environment to allow you to visit safely.
"In step one of the re-opening we must remind people not to gather, or meet any more than one other person, not from their household. Please do keep all dogs on a short lead.
"We are working with several of our cafes to provide some takeaway drink and food provision and are spacing out our open-air picnic tables. However, you may wish to bring your own refreshments with you".