The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda has reopened to the general public, following the closure, forced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr. Walter Berridge, Chairman of the Historical and Archaeological Society, which manages the Museum, said that it was no easy task to get re-opened as all the national protocols had to be implemented. He specifically thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for a donation of five thousand dollars which assisted in the purchase of a water tank, pump and accessories to facilitate a hand washing station.
“We contacted FirstCaribbean bank for assistance and they immediately agreed. In addition to hand washing, there will also be sanitizing stations and social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times and no more than 5 persons will be allowed in the main gallery at any time,” he said.
Speaking during the presentation, the bank’s country head, Ladesa James-Williams, said that a museum is a very important institution as it documents and preserves a country’s historical and cultural heritage.
“Our museum must be supported so that everyone, especially our young people, our students, can have easy access to our history. We at CIBC FirstCaribbean have decided to add the Museum to our Adopt-a-Cause projects and will be more involved with supporting the work of the museum,” she noted.
The bank also recently contributed approximately EC$15,000 towards the government’s Food Voucher Programme and just under $50,000 to assist with the purchase of critical equipment and supplies for Mount St. John Medical Centre.
The Museum will be open to the public between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Mondays to Thursdays and on Fridays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Research Library will remain closed but enquiries can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 462-1469/462-4930.
CIBC FirstCaribbean has a staff of approximately 3,000 across 16 Caribbean countries.