We have introduced new cleaning procedures and social distancing measures, which have been guided by the experts.
We’ll be sanitising throughout the day and giving the gallery a deep clean every week. All staff will have cleaning training and they’ll be using a two-stage cleaning process including a detergent, followed by a disinfectant.
You’ll see new social distancing signs throughout the gallery, including one-way systems where possible. We’re also limiting the number of visitors in each area, such as the North Transept and toilets.
We are currently not running any additional activities in the gallery for the time being and won’t be hosting exhibition private views.
Our young people’s area will stay closed, and the cafés will have a reduced service. We will no longer be functioning as a Tourist information point or taking bookings for the Theatre and Borough Hall.
We’ve installed plastic shields at our reception desks and we’ll be providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our staff if necessary.
To keep the Gallery as safe and clean as possible, we need your help too. We ask that you follow a few simple rules when you visit.
Please don’t come to the gallery if you feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms.
As we can’t accept cash if you want to buy anything.
You’ll find these before you reach reception and throughout the Gallery. Make sure you follow proper handwashing if you use the toilets.
Keep to the one-way system and try to stay at least 2 metres from others as much as possible.
This is so that other visitors can use enjoy the Gallery if we’re at maximum capacity.
Whenever you’re ready, we will be here to give you a warm welcome back. In the meantime, you have some options.
Don’t forget you can still use our digital resources from home why not visit our newly revamped website hartlepoolartgallery.co.uk. And stay tuned to our other social media platforms for up to date information and inspiration.
Hartlepool Borough Council will be closely monitoring our local situation and we hope to make the rest of our services and facilities available again soon, depending on Government guidance.