When will aquariums, museums and art galleries open? – The Sun
AQUARIUMS and other indoor attractions have been closed for months as UK endured a third lockdown.
But as Boris Johnson's four-part Covid roadmap has been passed by Parliament, Brits will be able to enjoy more and more freedoms as the weeks go on before the plan expires at the end of July.
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When will aquariums reopen?
The running costs of the UK's largest aquariums is up to £10,000 a day.
This has forced bills into the millions since the lockdown began.
But aquariums will be able to reopen their doors in stage two of the roadmap out of lockdown – on April 12.
Zoos will also be able to once again welcome visitors from this date too.
When will museums reopen?
The Prime Ministers caused quite a stir when he revealed that museums will open after the likes of shops, gyms and hairdressers.
They will not be able to open their doors until May 17, 2021, at the earliest.
Rebecca Salter, president of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: "It is just nuts."
"It just makes no sense," she added.
"On the 12 April all the retail will open on Piccadilly and our gates will stay shut, I don't get the logic of it frankly."
When will art galleries reopen?
Art galleries will also likely remain closed until May 17.
Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel gallery in London, said: "My reaction first of all was relief.
"But also disappointment that we can't open on 12 April."
What social distancing measures will be in place?
Social distancing guidelines are likely to remain in some form until the virus significantly fades.
In the UK, this means staying at least two metres apart from people outside your household and avoiding physical contact.
It is expected this will be enforced by staff in aquariums and other indoor attractions in a similar way to how shops and supermarkets are supervised.
Measures that have been put in place at Britain's larger aquariums include:
- Hourly time slots to limit capacity
- A huge reduction in daily tickets available to limit visitor numbers
- Installing more washing areas and hand sanitiser stations
- Increasing the cleaning of exhibit areas and toilets
- Installing markers in front of exhibits to help people to socially distance
- Making the aquarium route a one-way experience
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