National Memorial Arboretum prepares to reopen

The National Memorial Arboretum is set to reopen on Monday (June 8) for visitors who have pre-booked spaces.

The museum closed when the UK went into lockdown over two months ago.

They have now put a number of measures in place to ensure staff and customers are safe as they reopen their doors.

If visitors don't pre-book they won't be allowed in. Credit: ITV News Central

1. Prebook before arriving

This will allow the museum to control the number of visitors on site at any one time and ensure that people are safe.

Mark Ellis, head of visitor experience at the memorial, says if someone turns up who hasn't booked they will not be allowed on site.

Mark says they don't like to disappoint people but, due to safety, they will turn people away if they haven't booked their space through the online booking system.

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2. Social distancing

Strict social distancing will be encouraged for visitors on site.

Mark says people will have to step away from a memorial before another person can get closer to it.

The shop, restaurant, coffee shop, exhibitions and play areas will not be reopening, as social distancing is more difficult in these areas.

Daily activities, including guided walks, talks and the land train are also cancelled until further notice.

Customers will also be encouraged to frequently wash their hands during their visit.

A one way system will be in place through Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square. Credit: ITV News Central

3. One way system

There will be a one way pathway through Remembrance Centre and Heroes’ Square.

There will be heavily reduced capacity on site, as well as additional queuing systems.

Other additional measures will also be in place, including hygiene screens and extra cleaning.