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As government guidance changes with the easing of lockdown, Shetland Arts have shared their plans for a phased re-opening of their venues, beginning with partial re-opening of Mareel and Bonhoga Gallery in August.

Bonhoga cafe’s outside seating area is planned to re-open on 1 August with reduced hours, offering its famous scones, cakes, drinks, lunch and takeaways. Followed by the indoor cafe seating and Bonhoga shop on 31 August.

Mareel will re-open at the start of the college term on 31 August, with reduced hours. At the same time the cafe bar and cinema will reopen with social distancing in place and picnic benches available on the waterside.

ShetlandMade at Sumburgh will remain closed for the immediate future and Shetland Arts will work with the promoters on how they wish to proceed with re-opening the Garrison Theatre.

Within all Shetland Arts’ venues thorough COVID-19 risk assessments have been carried out and precautions taken to ensure customers and staff feel safe and comfortable on re-opening. These will include the provision of e-tickets where possible and reduced cinema capacity to allow for social distancing. Shetland Arts are currently working with operational staff to develop safe working practices for their areas. All staff that can work from home will continue to do so for the majority of their working week.

Graeme Howell CEO Shetland Arts said

“We are working to re-open in a way that is safe and appropriate to all our areas of work. Planning a phased return allows us to focus on one facility at a time, to learn from our experiences and develop more sophisticated strategies as advice changes. Crucially after a period of no income it allows us to assess demand and manage the financial impact.

All of us at Shetland Arts have been touched by your support since we closed our doors in March and have enjoyed seeing you all online, we’re looking forward to welcoming you back to our venues and thank you for your patience while we navigate our way through these difficult times”.

Our survey on reopening and the way forward over the next three years is still open so please tell us what you think here

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