As Government restrictions are slowly being lifted on different aspects of everyday life, the Board of Trustees has agreed that preparations should begin to scope the possible re-opening the Old Low Light Heritage Centre.
To enable this to happen, the Board has agreed that the Centre Director (Guy Moody) should return to work from 8th of June.
In the coming weeks, he will be working with a group of Trustees on preparations and also consideration of best practice and national and other relevant guidance.
It is clear from initial discussions that re-opening any part of the centre would bring with it some significant challenges given that social distancing and enhanced hygiene and cleaning processes remain important parts of efforts to reduce the incidence of Coronavirus.
The Net also needs to be mindful of the financial implications of initially re-opening only part of the building. As a charity, every penny counts and although we have had some fund raising and most recently were successful with a grant application for over £9,000 from Historic England, a phased approach to re-opening will result in reduced income, out of which we will still have overheads to pay.
While we are looking hard for solutions and we hope that we will be able to re-open the building before the summer is out, paramount in all of our discussions in the coming weeks will be ensuring the safety and wellbeing of anyone who may come to the Old Low Light, whether staff, volunteers, members or one of our many other supporters.