National Museums Liverpool (NML) are implementing a number of additional safety measures at their venues in response to the risks posed by the Omicron variant and the government’s new restrictions. Mask wearing is now mandatory in all of NML’s museums, galleries and shops (unless exempt), which continue to operate at reduced capacity in order to maintain social distancing. Hand sanitisers are available at entrances and key points, while venues are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
While the hope is that these additional measures will be short-lived, the worry is that rising infections could lead to the return of lockdowns and the temporary closure of museums and galleries. The other issue is that the festive season is a crucial period for most public venues and institutions in terms of income generation. Falling visitor numbers and cancelled bookings are already posing challenges for NML’s museums and galleries, which have already experienced an exceptionally difficult 20 months dealing with the impact of the Covid pandemic.
Some of the city’s most renowned museums and galleries including the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and our special friends and partners at the Walker Art Gallery face a challenging winter, meaning that public support is more important than ever in helping to create and maintain memorable experiences for everyone. National Museums Liverpool offers individual, joint and family membership options, with exclusive benefits including free entry to exhibitions and the Planetarium, invitations to exclusive events and discounts. Donations and corporate support are also welcome: