We are now waiting for the full set of government guidance which will outline what measures need to be in place to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors, we will review these carefully. It will then take some time to ensure that all of these measures are in place and therefore we are unable today to provide a definitive reopening date. What is clear is that our reopening is likely to have some different phases and that there will be changes in how people can enjoy our extraordinary ships and museums.
We are excited to welcome our visitors back and intend to do so as soon as we can - more information will be shared about our expected opening dates for all of our sites in the coming weeks.
In common with many museums the closure of The National Museum of the Royal Navy has put an extraordinary strain on our finances with a loss of 81% of our income. We know that we must incur additional costs to meet the standards required to reopen and that we need to bring back some of the 85% of staff who have been furloughed. We also know that the number of visitors we are able to admit whilst adhering to guidelines is reduced and therefore must balance those costs against the levels of income we hope to generate.