Museums and Galleries in UK Will Not Reopen on July 4 Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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The majority of the galleries and museums located in England are not going to open on July 4, despite being given permission by the government of the UK to do so last week amid the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, as reported on Tuesday.

While the National Gallery is going to be the first major London gallery to get reopened from July 8, The Royal Academy also made an announcement of its plans on Tuesday to reopen from July 9, with face masks compulsory, as reported by the BBC.

The Barbican gallery will reopen on July 13, but the Tate Modern said its four venues would not reopen their doors until July 27. Many other venues have not yet set a firm date, but some will not let the public back in until August or September. In their announcements on Tuesday, the National Gallery, Tate, Barbican and Royal Academy all said visitors would need to book timed tickets in advance.

Majority of Galleries Not to Reopen on July 4

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Last week, the government confirmed that museums and galleries can open from Saturday, as can cinemas, pubs, restaurants, hotels, hairdressers, libraries, theme parks and zoos. Cultural institutions opening on that date will include Scarborough Art Gallery. But many will not have had time to implement government safety guidance.

Visitors will be asked to follow one-way routes around the building, and to maintain the 2-metre social distancing, the BBC reported. The other venues opening soon include Derby Museum & Art Gallery and the National Army Museum in London, both from July 7. The capital's Foundling Museum will reopen "in early July". The Whitechapel Gallery will open on July 14, and the Wallace Collection a day later.

The Hepworth Wakefield and the Serpentine will both follow in early August, but the Whitworth in Manchester will not let visitors back until September. Meanwhile, the British Museum, Natural History Museum, National Museums Liverpool and Royal Armouries are among those who have not set a reopening date, but have confirmed it won't be July 4.

(With agency inputs)

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