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Royal Academy to reopen to RA Friends on July 9 and to the public on July 16, 2020

THE Royal Academy has announced that it will reopen to Friends of the Royal Academy on Thursday, July 9 and to the public on Thursday, July 16, 2020. The RA has been closed for nearly four months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The RA will open in phases, initially for four days a week: Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm and the five-star exhibition, Picasso and Paper, which has been extended until Sunday, August 2, will be on view in the Main Galleries.

Friends of the Royal Academy, the RA’s membership programme, will be given access from Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12, followed by the public from Thursday, July 16.

The health and safety of visitors and staff is paramount. The RA will be following government advice on health and safety as a minimum, with additional measures and standards also in place. This will include:

. Social distancing throughout the RA

. Compulsory wearing of a face covering for staff and visitors

. Multiple sanitisation stations throughout the RA

. Operating a cashless system

. Operating a one-way system throughout the building

A full list of what to expect during a visit, can be found at www.royalacademy.org.uk/page/visiting-and-safety-during-coronavirus.

Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: ‘We are incredibly excited to be able to reopen our doors so soon after the restrictions have been lifted and are looking forward to welcoming visitors back again. Galleries should be places of community – providing solace, inspiration and enjoyment – and we are pleased to be able to offer this once more. When we reopen, visitors will be able to catch a final glimpse of our beautiful Picasso and Paper exhibition, and, as visitor capacity will be greatly reduced due to social distancing, it will be an opportunity for a quieter, more contemplative experience in the galleries’.

Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, said: ‘The Royal Academy has been a home for artists, architects and art-lovers for over 250 years. Our belief in the power of art for all is still as strong as ever and we can’t wait for the RA to gradually be filled once more with people and creativity. I would like to thank our dedicated staff who have been keeping the RA going during this challenging time as well as our visitors, supporters, loyal Friends and Patrons’.