The council has announced that it will reopen two museums through a "phased" reopening process.

The St Albans Museum and Gallery, located in the city centre, will open its cafe next Wednesday (July 15) as the first part of the plans.

As part of the Government's lockdown easing measures, museums, galleries and heritage attractions were able to open their doors from Saturday (July 4).

The St Albans District Council has said new opening times and visiting practices will be in place when the two museums reopen.

Exact dates will be announced in the coming weeks when new systems and safety measures have been tested and implemented.

Cllr Anthony Rowlands responsible for leisure, heritage and public realm said: "Many have turned to the arts to buoy their spirits during lockdown and so it is wonderful to get the go-ahead to reopen our museums for people to experience in person once again.

"However, whilst the virus is still in our midst, we must show caution and reopen when all the measures outlined by the government have been introduced.

"This may take some time, but it is better to get this right."

Exhibitions and events that were planned for this year are now being rescheduled, reimagined and adapted.