TAMESIDE Council has announced Portland Basin Museum, Ashton will reopen its doors to the public on Wednesday, October 14.
To keep the public and staff safe, several changes have been made to the way the museum operates.
To manage numbers, visits must now be pre-booked at www.tameside.gov.uk/portlandbasin and can last around an hour. Opening times have been amended to 10am through to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
A one-way system has been installed around the exhibits with hand-sanitising stations, and extra cleaning measures introduced. It is also compulsory to wear a face covering and observe social distancing.
The children’s play area remains closed for the time-being and the usual events have been suspended. However, staff have created a wide range of craft activities to try at home. They are available at www.tameside.gov.uk/culturecrafts
Admission to Portland Basin Museum remains free and there is free parking. People are welcome to take full advantage of the picturesque walks alongside the surrounding canals.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for culture, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to reopen Portland Basin. It’s one of the most popular visitor attractions in Greater Manchester and I realise how much families will have missed it.
“We have had the situation under constant review but safety had to be our paramount concern. We could only reopen once we were fully confident we were able to do so without putting anyone at risk. The more we all abide by the rules, the faster we can safely reopen Tameside, which is what we all want.”
The Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge, will also reopen on Wednesday, October 14, and with extra safety measures in place. No booking is required to visit the gallery, which is situated inside Stalybridge Library, Trinity Street. Its opening hours are: Wednesdays, 1pm to 5pm, and Saturdays, 10am to 3pm.