VISITORS to libraries and museum spaces will have to wear a face mask from today.

Museum and library shops are counted as shops and supermarkets, meaning that wearing a face covering was compulsory in those spaces from Friday under current government guidelines, which do not apply to the rest of the building.

Bolton Council have now asked people to wear a mask in all areas, to protect staff and other visitors.

Executive cabinet member with responsibility for libraries and museums, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said: “Our priority is keeping all staff and visitors safe. Since our buildings reopened, we have put procedures in place including restricting visitor numbers and hand sanitising stations.

“We have also implemented social distancing measures such as one-way systems and floor markings.

“But we still need to be careful and cautious. Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and that’s why we’re asking people to wear a mask – it’s for everyone’s protection.”

Bolton Museum reopened on July 14, and is welcoming visitors from 9-5pm Monday to Friday, and 10-4pm on Saturdays.

Central Library is open for book browsing, public computers and an order and collect system.

Breightmet, Farnworth, Harwood, Horwich, and Westhoughton libraries also have an order and collect system available.

Access to the library is available from 9-6pm Monday to Friday, and from 10-4pm on Saturdays.

For more information, visit the Bolton Library and Museum website or call 01204 332853.