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“we All look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Tate. Art and culture play a vital role in our lives, and many of us yearn for that feeling irreplaceable face-to-face with a large work of art ”. With these words, Maria Balshaw, director of the Tate in London announced the reopening: of its four galleries -Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives – Monday July 27 after more than three months closed due to the emergency of the coronavirus.
“Our number one priority continues to be that all over the world to stay healthy and safe, so that we will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks, working in close collaboration with the Government, and we will make all the necessary changes for a reopening safe ” said Balshaw.
Also announced the opening of its doors to the National Gallery, the first of the great british museums that you will continue to receive visitors from 8 July; the Royal Academy Of Arts, on the 9th day, although for only four days a week, from Thursday to Sunday, and the Barbican, the 13. Many others have not yet established a date to return to operate, but could wait until August or September, despite the fact that the Government has given the green light to start on the 4th of July. Among them are the British Museum and the Natural History.
Despite the fact that for the moment nothing will be as before and that the containment has been a tremendous blow for the bonding of museums and galleries, sources of the world of art have expressed their joy with the announcement of the opening, for which it will be necessary to ensure the safety distance between visitors and that are spaces “free of Covid-19” . To do this, measures are implemented such as specific gates of entry and exit and the advance purchase of tickets, one-way routes for you to enjoy the exhibitions, as well as the recommendation of the use of masks, opening times shorter, and the processes of cleaning and disinfection enhanced. In the National Gallery have been installed in addition, according to confirmed sources of the institution, “filters of higher efficiency in the air conditioning system”.
Gabriele Finaldi , director of the National Gallery , said he felt “enormously excited” to be able to open its doors again and stated that it is very “symbolic” to be the “first among national museums” in doing so; while Axel Ruger , executive director of the Royal Academy Of Arts , opted for the optimism and for seeing the good side to social distancing: “When we open, visitors will be able to get a final glimpse of our beautiful exhibition “Picasso and paper”, and, given that the amount of visitors will be reduced in a large extent due to the social distancing , will be an opportunity for a more quiet experience and contemplative”.