Natural History Museum forced to close over Covid staff shortages

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Natural History Museum  (PA)
Natural History Museum (PA)

The Natural History Museum has been forced to close its doors for a week from Tuesday over Covid-related staff shortages.

The South Kensington attraction announced Monday it would be closing over “front-of-house staff shortages” because of a high number of Covid-19 infections.

Others are unable to work because of isolation requirements, said the museum.

It added that it aimed to reopen to the public on Tuesday, December 28, “when we hope that staffing levels will have recovered”.

The museum said in a statement: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly but the safety of staff and visitors must always come first.

“Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding at this challenging time”.

The popular ice rink at the site will continue to operate as it is managed by external contractors.

Those with tickets to its exhibitions, Wildlife Photographer of the Year or Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, during those dates will be refunded.

The Natural History Museum is the latest cultural venue forced to close over Covid, with many theatres having to pull shows because of staff Covid absences in recent days.

Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre in central London was forced to cancel its matinee and evening performance last Thursday.

The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre was also forced to cancel shows between last Thursday and Sunday over Covid.

The production said in a statement on Twitter that it hoped shows could resume from Tuesday, December 21, at 2.30pm.

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