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Coronavirus: Newark Air Museum closed for foreseeable future due to coronavirus

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Newark Air Museum has been closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Howard Heeley, secretary and museum trustee of the Air Museum said in a statement that the museum has taken government advice and is now closed for the foreseeable future.

The statement said: "In light of the latest Government advice and a policy briefing from DCMS; and the need to keep visitors, volunteers and staff safe; has meant that the museum trustees have taken the difficult decision to close the museum site to visitors from 4pm this evening (Tuesday). This closure to visitors will remain in place until further notice.

Newark Air Museum is closed due to the coronavirus (31949804)
Newark Air Museum is closed due to the coronavirus (31949804)

"The site will remain accessible to staff and museum members who may choose to help with the ongoing care and maintenance of the site and the various aircraft in its care. These people will be encouraged guidance on social distancing and individual personal care.

"Wherever possible museum staff and volunteers will be monitoring the email accounts remotely; providing updates via this website and our various social media feeds. @NewarkAirMus We will also try to establish fresh remote contact groups to keep museum members appraised of any changes to the situation."

The museum's Indoor Aeroboot Sale event on April 4 has also been cancelled, and sellers will be offered priority booking at a rearranged event in the future.

Preparations for the museum's other events later in the year, including Cold War Call Up and Cockpit-Fest, are ongoing and decisions regarding the cancellation of these events will be made at a later date..

Mr Healey added: "As a volunteer managed registered charity, we rely on public admission fees, shop sales etc. to fund our operation and we will be ever reliant on the generosity of our visitors, volunteers and staff in these unprecedented and challenging times.

"We are currently making checks to see whether or not we qualify for government grants; exploring other funding streams and working out how we can come out of this crisis invigorated and stronger than before here at our Gateway Aviation Site."


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