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In a statement, the museum apologised for any inconvenience caused (Picture: John Walton)

The Natural History Museum is being forced to close its doors for a week due to ‘staff shortages’ related to Covid.

The South Kensington visitor attraction has had to make the ‘difficult decision’ to shut from Tuesday after front-of-house staff were ‘impacted by Covid-19 infections and isolation requirements.’

In a statement, the museum said: ‘We will remain closed to the public until reopening on Tuesday 28 December, when we hope that staffing levels will have recovered.

‘The Natural History Museum’s ice rink will continue to operate as scheduled as this is managed and staffed by external contractors who are currently able to continue the operation.’

They continued: ‘This is not a decision we have taken lightly but the safety of staff and visitors must always come first.’

Refunds will be issued for tickets to Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder Of Nature exhibition and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, featuring the winning submission from Laurent Ballesta for his ‘enigmatic image’ from Fakarava, French Polynesia.

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The museum has been left with a shortage of staff (Picture: PA)

A string of shows have also had to cancel performances due to rising Covid cases.

The West End performance of Disney’s The Lion King will be closed from Tuesday due to ‘ongoing Covid-enforced absences’ among the cast and crew.

Museum visits have looked a little different following the pandemic (Picture: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock)

A statement on Twitter said: ‘Unfortunately performances of Disney’s The Lion King in London scheduled to take place between Tuesday 21 December and Sunday 26 December can no longer play as scheduled.

‘We hope to resume performances on Tuesday 28 December at 7.30pm and will provide further information as soon as possible.’

They apologised ‘on behalf of everyone at Disney’s The Lion King’ for ‘the disappointment and for any inconvenience this may cause.’

The news comes after the number of Covid cases in the UK continues to rise, due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Some countries in Europe are looking to reintroduce lockdown restrictions, while others are excluding non-vaccinated citizens from various aspects of life.

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Natural History Museum

In a statement, the museum apologised for any inconvenience caused (Picture: John Walton)

The Natural History Museum is being forced to close its doors for a week due to ‘staff shortages’ related to Covid.

The South Kensington visitor attraction has had to make the ‘difficult decision’ to shut from Tuesday after front-of-house staff were ‘impacted by Covid-19 infections and isolation requirements.’

In a statement, the museum said: ‘We will remain closed to the public until reopening on Tuesday 28 December, when we hope that staffing levels will have recovered.

‘The Natural History Museum’s ice rink will continue to operate as scheduled as this is managed and staffed by external contractors who are currently able to continue the operation.’

They continued: ‘This is not a decision we have taken lightly but the safety of staff and visitors must always come first.’

Refunds will be issued for tickets to Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder Of Nature exhibition and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, featuring the winning submission from Laurent Ballesta for his ‘enigmatic image’ from Fakarava, French Polynesia.

natural history museum

The museum has been left with a shortage of staff (Picture: PA)

A string of shows have also had to cancel performances due to rising Covid cases.

The West End performance of Disney’s The Lion King will be closed from Tuesday due to ‘ongoing Covid-enforced absences’ among the cast and crew.

Museum visits have looked a little different following the pandemic (Picture: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock)

A statement on Twitter said: ‘Unfortunately performances of Disney’s The Lion King in London scheduled to take place between Tuesday 21 December and Sunday 26 December can no longer play as scheduled.

‘We hope to resume performances on Tuesday 28 December at 7.30pm and will provide further information as soon as possible.’

They apologised ‘on behalf of everyone at Disney’s The Lion King’ for ‘the disappointment and for any inconvenience this may cause.’

The news comes after the number of Covid cases in the UK continues to rise, due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Some countries in Europe are looking to reintroduce lockdown restrictions, while others are excluding non-vaccinated citizens from various aspects of life.

Got a story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.


MORE : Good Morning Britain cancelled for Christmas over Covid fears in shock move


MORE : I thought Christmas was best spent alone – until I got Covid

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