Jersey Heritage is closing all of its visitor sites and Jersey Archive to the public with immediate effect following the latest advice from the Government of Jersey for Islanders about the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Government this evening announced that to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is now advising Islanders of all ages to immediately follow the principles of social distancing. This means limiting contact with people outside of your household unless absolutely necessary.
Jon Carter, Jersey Heritage’s Chief Executive, said that as a result of this latest advice, Jersey Heritage would be temporarily closing its sites until further notice. He said: “In response to this news, we have taken the decision that all sites will be temporarily closed to the public immediately. In these extraordinary times, our first priority is the wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors, and as this is a public health issue, we must follow official advice.
“In common with everyone involved with the tourism and leisure sector in Jersey, we will be working closely with the Government at this difficult time to ensure that we can play our part to support the Island’s recovery once this crisis has passed, and we look forward to when we are able to open again. In the meantime, we will continue to maintain protection of the heritage in our care and, like many other heritage organisations, share ideas through our online platforms about how our community can still enjoy Jersey’s incredible history.”
The sites affected by today’s news are Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, Maritime Museum and Mont Orgueil, as well as Jersey Archive. La Hougue Bie, Hamptonne Country Life Museum and Elizabeth Castle had not yet opened for the season and will remain closed.
Jersey Heritage Lets currently remain open, although guests are being offered full refunds or the opportunity to rebook for anyone wishing to cancel a booking. An enhanced cleaning regime is in place and hygiene information and advice available to people staying in the properties. A policy is also in place for staff and visitors to follow, should someone fall unwell while staying in one of the Lets.