As we slowly and cautiously move closer to normality, we’re seeing little hints of pre-lockdown activity return. People are returning to shops and work and are generally leaving the house, with the Government loosening the reigns even more on the 4th July.
And while most businesses have now been given the go-ahead to welcome back visitors (government guidelines permitting), one of Yorkshire’s most popular attractions has taken the decision to not open up to the public, despite competitors making moves already.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield plays host to nearly 500,000 visitors a year and contributes around £10m annually to the local economy. Its carefully curated park is a spectacle to behold, so it’s no surprise that it’s so popular. Home to many famous works, it is a shame that we will have to wait a little longer to enjoy its offerings. But, the note on their website makes it clear their intentions are for the greater good.
An update on the park’s website says: “Yorkshire Sculpture Park will remain closed for the time being.
“As an accredited museum, open-air art gallery and registered charity, the earliest we are able to open according to government guidelines is Saturday, July 4.
“YSP has a unique and complicated set of circumstances to work around so it will take us a little longer.
“We raise over 80 per cent of our funds through commercial activity such as catering, car parking and retail and we reinvest this back into the upkeep and work of SYP.
“Without these services generating income, we cannot bring our staff back from furlough and, therefore, do not have the resources needed to open the gates.
“We understand that this situation is frustrating and we are working through it. If you are able please consider making a donation to help sustain us while we are closed.