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Art galleries reopen on July 4: here’s what you need to know

After three months of lockdown, museums are allowed to reopen from July 4. Curators all over the country are welcoming the news. Some are even tearful. For months their treasured collections have lingered, unlooked at, in locked galleries. "It's like Sleeping Beauty," as Iwona Blazwick, the director of the Whitechapel Gallery in east London, playfully puts it.

Yet every institution has its own particular complications to grapple with before they can be awakened. The grade I listed building that puts staff in the old servants' quarters in the attic must, without the space for adequate social distancing, pay particular attention to bubble systems. The institution that relies on often elderly volunteer staff has to pay particular attention to their wellbeing.

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