Sandtoft cancels three planned events, Lathalmond shuts for rest of year, Manchester Museum until September

The coronavirus controls have led three museums to announce continued closure plans, with one of them confirming that it will not reopen before 2021.


The Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum remains closed to the public with no firm plans yet to reopen. It has cancelled this year’s Sandtoft Gathering planned for 25/26 July, as well as the popular Blues & Twos Weekend for emergency vehicles on 15/16 August.


“Like so many similar organisations, most of our volunteers are retired and have underlying health conditions,” says commercial director Chas Allen. “Having canvassed them in the past week, understandably some are still reluctant to return, so as yet we don’t feel we will have enough people to staff even a basic running day safely.”


The Scottish Vintage Bus Museum says it will remain closed to the public for the rest of the 2020 season, a decision that means it has had to cancel its annual open days on 15/16 August.


The Manchester Museum of Transport says it will remain closed at least until September. “It is not yet clear when museums and other leisure and heritage premises will be allowed to open and we don’t plan to be the first in the area to reopen,” it says. “Instead we will be happy to follow other museums and see what measures they put in place. We will also continue to monitor the general situation in the Greater Manchester area.”



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