Cultural venues start to re-open

Wednesday July 15th, 2020

Guidance in place for sector to safely start welcoming visitors.high street

Visitor attractions such as museums, galleries and heritage sites across Scotland can start to re-open to visitors from today.

As part of Phase 3 of the routemap out of lockdown, cinemas, monuments and libraries can also now begin to re-open.

As venues start to welcome guests, they are expected to ensure strict physical distancing is in place and for many of these facilities advanced ticketing will be required.

The Scottish Government has published guidance which includes practical advice for venues on the steps they need to take before and after re-opening, such as:

establishing physical distancing, taking account of organisational capacity, queue management, signage and markings

enhanced hand hygiene measures and cleaning practice

advice on workforce planning, including training and equality issues

guidance for customers to ensure they know how to plan ahead and enjoy visits safely

The move out of lockdown for these venues comes on the same day as the wider re-opening of the tourism and hospitality sectors. Visitors can now stay in hotels while cafes, restaurants and bars can also begin accepting patrons indoors.

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