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FAQs: museum safety measures

When will you be re-opening the museum?

The museum will re-open on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at 10.30am.

Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up at the museum?

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery are advising all visitors to book a time slot in advance to help us ensure that we enable social distancing on the site.  We are severely restricting our numbers.  Your visit will continue to be free.  If you turn up without a booking you may find all bookings are taken and are turned away, that you have to wait an hour for the next admission or that you can only make a short visit.  You would still have to agree to the conditions of entry and provide information for the track and trace system.

Do children require an advanced booking?

All members of their party irrespective of their age, even babies will need a booking.

Why are people not allowed to drop in and visit any more?

We have introduced pre-booking in line with advice and guidance to museums to carefully control numbers.  We especially wanted to avoid the situation of creating large outdoor queues in the park during the summer holidays.  Please note that your visits will continue to be free. We will continue to review numbers and advice and guidance in relation to maintaining a booking system and will announce any changes.

Will I need a face mask?

The government requires that face coverings are worn when visiting museums and galleries from August 8th 2020.

How will you ensure that visitors are kept at a safe distance from each other?

Visitors to the museum should adhere to the government recommendations on physical distancing.  This means that you should where possible keep 2m apart from other visitors who are not in your household or support bubble.  WE will be limiting the numbers of visitors to the museum so physical distancing can be observed.  It is possible that queuing will be required to enter the museum and team members will control the flow of visitors on their initial entry to spread visitors out.  It is also possible their will be queuing into busier exhibitions.  Some areas are narrow so we would be grateful if visitors could take special care in those areas, give way to others who are already moving through and use a face covering when appropriate.

Will there be facilities for hand washing and sanitising during the visit?

Hand washing/sanitising will be encouraged and hand sanitiser points will be at the entrance/exit.  By the lift downstairs and upstairs in White Gallery next to the lift.  We have installed doorguards to reduce the amount of handles that visitors need to touch.  We will be increasing the amount of cleaning we are doing to stair hand rails, doors lifts and toilet areas.

What if I have coronavirus symptoms?

You must not visit the museum if you have had any symptoms of coronavirus within the last 7 days.  This also applies if a member of your household has had symptoms within the last 14 days or if you have had contact during that time with anybody who has subsequently developed symptoms of coronavirus.  In those cases you should stay at home and self-isolate as per government guidelines.   If you have booked tickets for the museum but have developed symptoms of coronavirus, or if you need to self isolate for any other reason, let us know by contacting us by telephoning our reception between 10.30 and 4.30pm and they will be able to assist.

Will I be able to talk to museum staff?

Yes all of our staff are aware of the guidance and will be available to safely support your experience. Please feel free to engage with them at any point during you visit.

Will your support Test and Trace?

Yes we are working with the government to ensure that we can support the NHS Test and Trace System.  Your contact details and times of visit will be collected when you book.

Will the toilets be open?

Yes the toilets will be open. The ladies and gentlemen’s toilets will be unisex for the time being.  One person or household will be allowed in at a time.  We will have a member of staff on duty to direct their usage.  We will ask that people wash their hands before and after use.  The dedicated member of staff will undertake regular cleansing throughout the day.

Will the tearoom be open

The tearoom is operating takeaway only, visitors will need access it by the external tearoom door either before or after their pre-booked museum visit.

Will the shop be open?

We will not be re-opening our gift shop initially, we will look at bringing it back on site when we are confident that we can do so safely.

Last updated Tuesday, 4th August 2020

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