Publié le June 9, 2020

 

Re-opening on

Thursday 4 June 2020

Nausicaá, the French National Sea Centre

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 4 June 2020, Nausicaá opens its doors again to the public in absolute safety thanks to the measures taken and the arrangements made for avoiding the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

At the time of this re-opening the virus will very probably still be circulating. Health safety is Nausicaá’s priority for its staff and its visitors, and a range of protective measures have been deployed to ensure everyone can enjoy their visit with complete peace of mind:

  • From 4 June, Nausicaá will be able to welcome up to 1,700 people at a time in the Centre instead of the 5,800 visitors usually authorised.
  • The on-line purchase of tickets will be preferred. Booking with tickets indicating the timeslot and date will allow us to better manage the flows of people so we can welcome our visitors under the best possible conditions. For a limited length of time, it will not be possible to return to the exhibition after leaving.
  • The tour has been re-arranged to put a one-way system in place and make it possible to see all the exhibition spaces.
  • Visitors aged 11 and over will have to wear facemasks, and this is also recommended for children.
  • Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be available all around the exhibition areas.
  • The hygiene procedure has been strengthened: the surfaces and floors will be cleaned several times a day. The door handles, bannisters, lift buttons and swing-doors will be disinfected regularly. The hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be checked regularly in the busy areas.
  • In order to guarantee a fluid visit and prevent groupings of visitors in any given area, the daily events will be suspended.
  • The audio-guides will no longer be available.
  • Our catering spaces will remain closed for the moment.

 

What has happened during the lockdown?

During the closure, from Saturday 14 March to Wednesday 3 June inclusive, around thirty employees have taken it in turns to look after the animals, and ensure maintenance, cleaning and security. The Aquariology team has remained mobilised to take care of the Centre’s 58,000 animals. The carers have fed all the species every day, exchanged with them and also seen the hatching of several newcomers such as some penguins.

 

And for the future?

Nausicaá, like all businesses, has been seriously impacted by this crisis. According to the current forecasts, there will be a shortfall of about 500,000 visitors who will not be able to make the most of the Centre during the year 2020 as a whole.

For Nausicaá, an absence of visitors means an absence of turnover and therefore an extremely complicated economic situation. However, Nausicaá is envisaging the future with confidence. All the teams continued to work on their projects, notably the “In the eye of the climate” exhibition which will be opening during the summer.

 

More than ever, Nausicaá is there to allow the public to discover or rediscover the wonders of the marine world in complete safety, with some new arrivals, and we’ll be coming back to them shortly.

On-line booking will soon be available on the Nausicaá website:  https://www.nausicaa.fr/information-coronavirus-covid-19/

 

To find out more, contact the Communication & Press Dept.

Nausicaá, Centre National de la Mer – Boulogne-sur-Mer

e-mail: communication@nausicaa.fr

 

Photos : Neographic, Alexis Rosenfeld – Divergence

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