Jersey Heritage is closing all of its visitor sites and Jersey Archive to the public from close of business today until early January, in line with the latest restrictions from the Government of Jersey concerning the Coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Minister Senator John Le Fondré this morning (23rd) announced that to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the second wave of the virus this winter, all non-essential shops and services, including visitor and heritage attractions, must close from 6pm tomorrow until 11 January 2021, with a review due to take place during the first week of the new year.
Jersey Heritage sites were already due to be closed tomorrow (Christmas Eve), Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. In response to this latest advice, all the sites will now remain closed between Christmas and New Year and unfortunately, the planned 75p entry to Jersey Museum to mark the end of Liberation 75 will not be available.
As things stand, Jersey Museum & Art Gallery will reopen on 11 January; Jersey Archive on the 12th; Mont Orgueil on the 16th; and the Maritime Museum & Occupation Tapestry Gallery on the 17th. La Hougue Bie and Hamptonne Country Life Museum were due to close for the winter on 30 December and will reopen in March for the new season. Elizabeth Castle is already closed and remains so until March. Jersey Heritage Lets remain open.
Jon Carter, Jersey Heritage’s Chief Executive, said: “We are temporarily closing all of our sites to the public, in line with the latest measures from the Government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Our priority remains the safety of our visitors and staff, and we must play our part in how the Island is dealing with the second wave of the virus this winter.
“As we did during the lockdown earlier this year when our sites first had to temporarily close, we will continue to look after the heritage in our care and to tell the Island’s stories using our online platforms, including the Heritage at Home hub on www.jerseyheritage.org, and on social media. We look forward to the New Year and reopening ours doors to our visitors and Members. In the meantime, we wish everyone a safe and healthy Christmas.”