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Visitors must book an entry ticket before their visit

After being closed for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Higgins Bedford will be reopening to the public on Tuesday 25 August. Visitors will once again be able to the displays that tell the story of the local area, alongside collections of art and design.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“I am really pleased that we are able to reopen The Higgins Bedford, in a safe and COVID-19 secure way for visitors and staff.

“You must book a free timed entry ticket before your visit, to ensure you don’t miss out.

“As we start to reopen these services, we are urging people to continue to behave responsibly and help us to avoid a local lockdown.

“Stay two metres away from others, wear a face covering if you can, wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser, and if you are displaying any symptoms, stay at home and book a test.”

Visitors will be able to view the Dreams and Nightmares exhibition which features selected artworks from the Cecil Higgins Collection. This display has been extended to Sunday 20 September 2020. Visitors can book their free timed entry ticket online or by calling 01234 718044.

A safe and enjoyable visit

New measures will be in place for the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff. Everyone visiting The Higgins Bedford must wear a face covering, except for children under 11 or for the legitimate reasons set out in Government guidance.

Limiting the visitor numbers will allow everyone to maintain two metre social distance from others not from the same household.

There will be a one-way system in operation with separate entrance and exit routes, and hand washing and sanitising facilities will be available throughout the building.

Customer toilet facilities will be open with clear queuing systems in place, and cleaning has been increased. Interactive displays will be removed as well as shared information folders about the displays, but visitors will be able to access these on mobile devices by scanning new QR codes.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help visitors have a safe and enjoyable time, while measures such as screens will be in place to help ensure everyone’s safety.

In addition, The Higgins Bedford will be collecting contact details for visitors to support NHS Test and Trace in the prevention of further local COVID-19 outbreaks.