The Atkinson in Southport is looking forward to reopening on Monday (12 April).
Following the government roadmap, The Atkinson, on Lord Street, will reopen in stages with reduced visiting times and limited services.
From Monday 12 April – Step 2 of the Government’s lockdown reopening plan – people can visit the Box Office, Shop, Café, and Library.
The Atkinson will be open between Monday and Saturday, between 11am and 4pm.
The Museum and Gallery will look to reopen from 17 May, the Government’s provisional Step 3 reopening date, while the Theatre and Studio will not reopen before 21 June (Step 4). .
An Atkinson spokesperson said: “Following the government roadmap, The Atkinson will reopen in stages with reduced visiting times and limited services.
“We take the safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff seriously, and we are closely following advice from the Government and Sefton Council.”
From Monday, the following services will be available:
Shop – In the Shop, please refrain from handling items unnecessarily and be aware of social distancing in this small space.
Café – A Great Little Place will be offering a takeaway service from the external café door with a reduced menu and limited outdoor seating. Visitors are not permitted into the café at this time.
A One Stop Shop service is located in the Library, available by appointment only. To arrange an appointment call the Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845 or visit the Sefton Council website for more information.
All visitors aged 16 and over are required to provide NHS Test & Trace details on arrival. If you have a smartphone, please download the NHS Test & Trace app and scan the QR codes located in the foyer when you arrive to help speed up entry. These details are kept securely for 21 days and held only for the purpose of contacting people who may have been exposed to a confirmed case of Covid-19 when they have been identified as visiting The Atkinson.
As Sefton Council is the Public Health Authority, it will fully support the programme by allowing in only those willing to give their details.
It is mandatory to wear protective face coverings throughout The Atkinson, unless you are eating in the café.
When you enter The Atkinson, sanitise your hands and follow the directional signage on the floor. They will monitor visitor capacity to ensure that appropriate social-distancing is maintained at all times.
Please limit your visit to a maximum of one hour per day and adhere to social distancing measures throughout the building.
Toilet facilities are available for visitors to The Atkinson. Seating areas have been temporarily removed. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance.
Museum & Gallery – In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, the Museum & Gallery will not reopen before 17 May (Step 3). Further information will be provided in due course.
Browse The Atkinson collection of Online Exhibitions and view their upcoming gallery Exhibitions. Discover their Collections online and find out about their Museum. Learn something new in their Online Events programme.
Theatre & Studio – In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, the Theatre & Studio will not reopen before 21 June (Step 4). Further information will be provided in due course. The programme for 2021 is full of comedy, music, theatre and dance. Find out What’s On.
The Atkinon will have a number of Covid safety measures in place.
We’re Good To Go is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
See It Safely – The Atkinson has been granted the use of Society of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s See It Safely mark. The mark certifies that they are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of staff and audiences.