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Shrewsbury's Visitor Information Centre reopens as more visitors flock to the county

The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Shrewsbury is now reopen, as Shropshire continues to welcome those travelling to the county for a ‘staycation’.

The VIC in Shrewsbury is a hub for tourism and for local residents who want to find out more about the town and county.

Ahead of reopening, health and safety measures were put in place following Government and Public Health England guidance.

The opening comes as research has shown that more people were planning to explore their own region’s local attractions and hidden gems in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown rather than venturing further afield.

The research – which questioned 1,800 people about their travel plans for the summer – showed people were increasingly planning to take day trips and staycations close to home, and wanted to know their destinations were as safe as possible.

To make visitors to the county feel safe, more than 300 tourism and hospitality businesses in Shropshire have been awarded the official ‘We’re Good to Go’ quality standard, demonstrating they have followed all the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines to make them as safe as possible for visitors.

The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery shop that sits within the VIC is also open for those wishing to purchase a souvenir.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said: “As more people are gearing towards staycations, it is great news that the Visitor Information Centre in Shrewsbury is now open.

“The VIC acts as a hub for tourism, not just for Shrewsbury but for Shropshire as a whole, so the reopening is certainly welcome news now that health and safety measures are in place.”

The VIC will be open from 10am – 4pm Mondays to Saturdays and 11am – 4pm on Sundays.

While the museum shop is now open, the museum itself is remaining closed until further notice as health and safety measures continue to be put in place.

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