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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Nottingham Castle reopening delayed because of Covid concerns

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The opening has been delayed because of Covid.

A spokesperson said:

‘Due to the significant increases in Covid-19 infections in Nottinghamshire and the national lockdown now imposed, we have reluctantly taken the decision that the earliest that Nottingham Castle can re-open is the 29th March 2021.

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‘This has been agreed by Nottingham Castle Trust and Nottingham City Council as a sensible precaution given the current restrictions in the region.

‘We are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision. A lot of hard work has gone into the project by all involved to ensure that the construction and transformation works led by Nottingham City Council will be completed on programme and to budget despite the challenges of Covid-19.’

However, the current restrictions mean that key elements of the final mobilisation phase will take longer to complete.

As such, we believe the re-opening should be re-scheduled from February 8th until we are more certain that the restrictions will be eased, site mobilisation can be completed and the transformed Nottingham Castle can operate safely for both visitors and staff. We all hope that in the period leading up to 29th March 2021, restrictions will have eased sufficiently, and residents and visitors to the city will be able to enjoy the new castle experience.

Nottingham Castle Trust Chair, Ted Cantle said

 “We are very pleased with the way the Castle project is shaping up, but do have to recognise the reality of the Government’s Covid-19 regulations. However, a seven week delay will not dent the enthusiasm for the opening of this exciting scheme, which will create many new jobs and with the story of Robin Hood attract people from all over the world. Following the £30m investment and a successful opening, Nottingham Castle will again become the pride of the City.”

 

Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dave Trimble said:

 

“Given the current position with the COVID pandemic, it’s understandable that this decision has had to be made. Fortunately, it doesn’t affect the tremendous progress we have already made despite Covid-19 to transform the Castle into a world-class heritage attraction for our City. We will continue to closely monitor the position in order to ensure the Castle can re-open its doors as quickly as possible.”