LYME Regis Museum plans to reopen in September, subject to clarity from the government.
Museum director David Tucker said: “We’re very much looking forward to being able to welcome visitors back to the museum. A new online booking system is in development so we can give safe access to the museum to smaller groups.
“We recognise that our first duty is to protect public health and the NHS, and after taking scientific advice we understand that it’s very difficult to Socially Distance in the museum. We’re especially concerned for the wellbeing of local people, including our excellent staff and volunteers, some of who fall into groups defined as vulnerable”
The museum intends to introduce socially-distanced fossil walks for small groups as soon as it can.
“We’re also doing all we can to improve our digital and social media presence,” said Mr Tucker.
“We have fun ‘make and do’ events on our website and we have a virtual fossil tour in production so our geologist Paddy Howe can introduce people to the wonders of Lyme’s beaches no matter where they are in the world. “We’ll also be expanding our online school presence, so we can support schools who can’t at the moment visit us.
“But we are realistic, we know this is going to be a demanding time, but as an key Lyme institution we want to do all we can to support the local economy and protect local jobs through the difficult months in front of us and turn as many negatives into positives as we can.”