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The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre will be opening its doors on Saturday, July 18 for a shortened 2020 season.

The Cobourg Museum Foundation, which runs the Centre, has just released details which include a reduction in the days open. After the Saturday official reopening, the Centre will be open on Fridays and Saturdays, 10-5, and Sundays, 1-5 until Thanksgiving.

Public Health recommendations will be enforced including physical distancing and the number of visitors on-site will be restricted. The wearing of face masks will be required, with some available on-site if necessary.

“This may result in a waiting line sometimes, but we won’t know until we’ve had a couple of weeks’ experience,” said Stanley Isherwood from the Cobourg Museum Foundation. “Social distancing and hand sanitizing will also be part of the routine, with a one-way route for visitors to follow. The Cottage will not be open to visitors and the one washroom available only in emergencies.”

As for the exhibits, the Cobourg & Peterborough Railway train is expected to be running outside as usual. Inside the Exhibit Hall visitors will find a retrospective exhibit, with stories from each of the Centre’s first eight years including Sports, The Military, Cobourg & Canada and Our Built Heritage.

Organizers see this as a special opportunity for those who missed some or all of those first eight years. And for regulars, it will provide an interesting review of both distant and recent past.

The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre is located at 141 Orr Street, just walking distance from downtown. Everyone planning to visit is encouraged to check in first at the website for updates: or by phone at 905-373-7222.