Joint museum sector bodies' statement on Prime Minister's Announcement on 23 June

The National Museum Directors’ Council, Museums Association and Association of Independent Museums welcome the Government’s announcement today that museums in England can reopen from 4th July.

Museums are eager to welcome back families, schools and communities and to support their local economies as we emerge from the crisis. However, permission to reopen does not resolve the huge issues currently facing the sector. All museums have lost substantial income during the lockdown and in many cases reopening museums will cost more than keeping them closed.

4th July is a starting point from which museums can make practical  plans based on the latest public health advice while ensuring staff and visitor safety and working within their different financial and local contexts.

Museums are eager to reopen and play their part to support recovery however substantial financial investment will be needed from Government to ensure the future resilience and long-term sustainability of all parts of the museum sector.