Following the government announcement last week, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has issued updates about the first phase of the reopening of its museums including Goole, Beverley Guildhall and the Treasure House, as well as the archives service.
To ensure the safety of customers and staff, the facilities will look very different from the service provided before lockdown. Social distancing guidelines and safety will guide the way in which museums, the Archives and the Treasure House will operate.
During the closure period, deep cleaning has been carried out and after reopening, regular cleaning will take place throughout the day at all locations.
Toilets will not be available at any of these sites in the initial phase of re-opening.
The details for individual services are as follows:
In the first phase of reopening, it will only be possible to consult documents by appointment. Customers who would like to deposit or donate records will also need to contact the team to make an appointment before bringing in the records.
Staff will be answering research enquiries by email or telephone to enable more enquiries to be dealt with in the safest way possible and minimising face to face contact by reducing the need for customers to visit a site.
Enquiry desks will be restricted to ensure adequate distancing between customers. Cleaning materials will be provided at the enquiry desks which are in use.
The archives team will try to work to normal opening hours, but this may be subject to change.
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