The Directors have today taken the unprecedented step of closing the Waterworks Museum until the end of April. This has been necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of the Museum’s community of Volunteers in the TW wake of the Coronavirus outbreak as a large proportion of volunteers are in the higher risk category for impact of the virus.
Museum Chairman, Richard Curtis, said: ‘This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it is the right thing to do. The Museum is operated by around 35 regular volunteers, most of whom, by virtue of age or existing health conditions, would be very vulnerable if they caught the virus. Given the non-critical nature of what we do at the Waterworks Museum, this is not a risk that we need to take.’
The decision means that the Museum will be closed to volunteers and visiting public at least until the end of April. Family open-days and attractions scheduled for Sunday 29 March, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and the children’s holiday event on Tuesday 7 April are cancelled. The 2020 Hereford Steampunk Weekend is also cancelled.
The Chairman continued: ‘We regret the cancellation of events, but is is better for our volunteers and visitors, and the stall holders and entertainers connected with the Steampunk weekend, that a clear decision is made now. The directors will review things again in mid-April to see if this closure needs to be extended further.’