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AQUARIUMS and other indoor attractions have been closed during the third national lockdown in the UK.
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Aquariums, such as Sea Life in London, will open in AprilCredit: Getty Images – Getty
When will aquariums reopen?
The running costs of the UK’s largest aquariums is up to £10,000 a day.
This has forced bills into the millions since the lockdown began.
This is the same date that zoos will reopen their doors to the public.
The aquarium is cleaned as a ray swims pastCredit: AFP or licensors
When will museums reopen?
Boris Johnson caused a stir when he revealed that museums will open after the likes of shops, gyms and hairdressers.
Museums will not be able to open their doors until May 17, 2021, at the earliest.
Rebecca Salter, president of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: “It is just nuts.”
Before she added: “It just makes no sense. On the 12 April all the retail will open on Piccadilly and our gates will stay shut, I don’t get the logic of it frankly.”
When will art galleries reopen?
Art galleries will also remain closed until May 17.
Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel gallery in London, said: “My reaction first of all was relief.
“But also disappointment that we can’t open on 12 April.”
Great Court of the British Museum in LondonCredit: Alamy
What social distancing measures will be in place?
Social distancing guidelines are likely to remain in some form until the virus significantly fades.
In the UK, this means staying at least two metres apart from people outside your household and avoiding physical contact.
It is expected this will be enforced by staff in aquariums and other indoor attractions in a similar way to how shops and supermarkets are supervised.
Measures that have been put in place at Britain’s larger aquariums include:
- Hourly time slots to limit capacity
- A huge reduction in daily tickets available to limit visitor numbers
- Installing more washing areas and hand sanitiser stations
- Increasing the cleaning of exhibit areas and toilets
- Installing markers in front of exhibits to help people to socially distance
- Making the aquarium route a one-way experience