Malton’s community and arts venue, the Milton Rooms, has had its COVID-safe accreditation extended for 2021 by leading UK tourism body Visit Britain.
Venue manager Lisa Rich explained. “When the pandemic began, we put a whole range of measures in place around cleanliness and social distancing, which meant people could feel safe coming back to visit us, either for performances or community events.
“We managed to run a number of successful events last Autumn, and we are currently working on a diverse and dynamic programme for when we can fully reopen.”
The Milton Rooms, which is run as a charitable company mainly by volunteers, has been working hard behind the scenes on refurbishing and refreshing the building ready to welcome the public back in when allowed.
In the meantime, it is appealing for support from the public as income from events and hire fees has been hugely reduced since the pandemic began nearly a year ago.
It has launched a Go Fund Me appeal called ‘Keep The Curtain Up’ to help to fund the substantial continuing overheads, such as utility bills, heating and insurance costs, until the building can reopen as a venue.
Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/f/the-milton-rooms-charity