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Main fishing attraction at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre to re-open

11:51 am, Monday, 24th August 2020 - 4 years ago


The main fishing attraction at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre will re-open on Tuesday 25 August after being closed in March due to COVID-19.

Museums were allowed to open from 4 July, but the decision was made to keep the centre closed until measures could be put in place to make the museum a safe place for staff and visitors.

The centre re-opened its free galleries, cafe and gift shop on Tuesday 11 August.

Following several measures being put in place, including floor markers and a one-way system, the 1950s fishing heritage attraction will soon re-open. The historic trawler, Ross Tiger, remains closed until further notice.

A face covering must be worn inside the building following the latest Government announcement, unless a person is exempt.

Several measures will be in place to make sure the main fishing attraction is COVID Secure, including:

  • Floor markers
  • One-way system
  • Hourly cleaning regime of high-touch surfaces
  • Where possible, doors and windows will be open for ventilation
  • Some interactive boards will be covered up
  • Hand sanitiser on entry and halfway through the route
  • Telephone bookings prior to arrival using 01472 323345 (last booking slots from 3pm)

Other measures in place throughout the building include:

  • Booking your visit to the themed attraction and galleries with reception staff on (01472) 323345
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout the building
  • Hourly cleaning of high-touch surfaces through the building
  • All payments for admissions, gift shop and Galley Cafe are to be made using contactless payment
  • Floor markers and signage to advise on social distancing and directional flows on stairs and throughout the building
  • Track and Trace details taken upon arrival
  • Handling objects to be removed, including handling boxes, books, toys and costumes
  • One-way route and social distancing to be observed throughout the free galleries
  • Toilets amended for social distancing and hourly checking and cleaning of high-touch areas introduced

Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for tourism, heritage and culture at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Grimsby’s fishing heritage is a huge part of our local history, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to re-open the fishing attraction for people to once again experience the sights, sounds and smells of what it was like to be a Grimsby trawlerman in the 1950s.

“I know staff have been working hard to make sure Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is COVID Secure ready for visitors. It’s really important we try to get our attractions back up and running again for the public to enjoy in a safe manner.”

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