By Justin Seward
he Redcliff Museum board made the decision at their meeting at the end of May to reopen June 16.
“We then discussed the different protocols that people coming into the museum will be required under all legislation to sanitize their hands before entering the museum,” said Alex Grant, museum manager along with wife Margaret.
“Margaret and I won’t have the opportunity to chase people around the museum. Although we have signage around the museum “Please do not Touch”,’ we don’t know if people will touch it.”
There will be signage put as soon as people enter the door to stop and to instruct them on how to sanitize their hands.
“The other thing which will be on the signage clearly because we don’t have the physical distancing in some parts of the museum, that we will request all visitors to wear a mask,” said Grant.
Disposable masks will be provided at the museum as well.
Grant says with a lot of artifacts in the museum, they can’t decontaminate anyway because if some of the cleaning solutions start being used, then they would be ruined completely.
There will only be allowed six people allowed in the museum at a time and that capacity includes two staff members.
“The requirement laid down by the provincial government is that we give 10-square metres per visitor,” he said.
“Which means in this museum is we can only have two people on one side of the museum and the other side of the petition by the hallway, we can have two more. However, if a family of six comes in, we will accept the family of six, because they can stay together and maneuver around the museum as best they can.”
Grant thought prior to Phase 1 of reopening that the museum would not open this summer.
“When Phase 1 came out and did say that museums could open, then we had to sit down with board members and decide whether we should open or shouldn’t open,” he said.”
The fact that other visitors from other provinces are not going to be stopping in our campgrounds because we know we get a lot of visitors from the campgrounds as well. We decided we hadn’t had the school tours this year that we would give opportunity to our community if they are fed up with being stuck indoors that they have the opportunity to come to the historical part of the town.”
The town’s history will be on display to the public from Tuesday to Friday (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) from June to August.