When Derby Museum will reopen following coronavirus lockdown

Derby Museum and Art Gallery has announced when it will reopen following the coronavirus lockdown.

The Strand venue has been shut for more than three months after closing when the Covid-19 outbreak hit the UK in March.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that museums, galleries and heritage attractions can reopen from Saturday, July 4.

With a range of new safety measures in place, the city museum has confirmed it will reopen its doors on Tuesday, July 7.

To help ensure social distancing in maintained, visitors can expect to be admitted every 15 minutes via a new main entrance on The Strand.

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Once inside the free entry museum, visitors will need to follow a one-way system to reach exhibits.

Hand sanitiser stations will be available for the public to use, as well as an accessible toilet.

Tony Butler, executive director of Derby Museums, said: “Museums are experts in caring for things and the safety of our visitors and staff is no exception.

“We have taken very thorough steps to ensure the Museum and Art Gallery complies with the Government’s recommended safety guidelines, and we hope that these new measures will put our visitors at ease and make their experience as enjoyable as possible as we welcome everyone back.”

To allow for enhanced cleaning, the museum will be operating under reduced opening hours.

It will be open Tuesday to Saturday between 10.30am and 4.30pm (last admission at 4pm), and Sunday from midday until 4pm (last admission at 3.30pm).

Some areas of the museum will have limited access, including the Coffee House, which will initially be offering a reduced takeaway service.

Several interactive exhibits may also be closed until further notice, and Pickford’s House will not reopen for the time being.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News