The Trustees of Malton Museum have reluctantly decided that in the current situation it will not be possible to open the museum to the public during 2020.
They were forced to make the decision due to the layout of the Yorkersgate premises and the huge cost that would be incurred to ensure people are safe from Covid-19.
Volunteers at the museum are still working behind the scenes and people can take virtual tours via the Malton Museum website.
A museum spokesman said: “This is a disappointing decision but the limitations of our premises in Yorkersgate plus the cost of installation prohibit us from setting up a socially distancing system which would allow our volunteers, visitors and friends to visit in a safe environment.
“However, our volunteer teams continue to work on several projects.
“Currently we have a Living History Research project ongoing and although we will be unable to hold children’s workshops this summer, there are several activities for children and adults using our on line presence through facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“Activities include virtual town tours, museum tours, and for children “Lucius’ Challenge” and Word Searches. Just click ‘virtual tour’ on our www.maltonmuseum.co.uk.
“We look forward to welcoming volunteers, friends and visitors back at Easter 2021. Our re-opening date will be widely publicised.”
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