Following today’s announcement by the UK government about the official easing of social distancing rules and other protective measures on the 19th July, we’d like to reassure our visitors, volunteers, and staff that your safety remains our top priority.
With this in mind, we will continue to ask all visitors to wear masks inside the House, The Orangery café, Hibiscus, and Common Ground, and to maintain social distancing throughout your time with us. Please wear a mask apart from when seated in our café and restaurant. All of our staff will be wearing appropriate PPE. Our tours of the House will continue to operate with timed entry and limited numbers, with a one-way route in place, and temperature checks on arrival. We also encourage you to use the hand sanitiser provided throughout the site.
Why are we continuing to take these measures? We’ve been listening closely to our friends across the heritage, museum, and visitor attraction sectors and research suggests that 75% of the visitor-attraction-going UK public are not ready for social distancing and other protective measures to be removed. It’s important for us, as a community-focussed organisation, that all of our volunteers, visitors and staff feel safe and comfortable and that we continue to protect the most vulnerable in our society amidst rising infection rates.
We’re proud to be part of Visit Britain’s Good to Go scheme, this means that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, we have a Risk Assessment in place that you can download here, and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
We will continue to review and adapt these measures. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss any of this, then please do drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you.