The New Year started badly with the whole of the UK going into Lockdown again
on 4th January 2021 (due to an increase in Coronavirus cases plus new variations
of the virus being detected). However, vaccinations to protect all older and
vulnerable people against Covid-19 have now started and it is hoped to have
offerered the vaccine to all those over 50 by the end of April.
The lockdown was reviewed on 22nd February when it was announced that
Shops, Museums & Heritage Railways could re-open from 12th April, with
Pubs & Restaurants (including The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley)
following suit from 17th May. This means the SVR can begin operations
from that date (April) but unfortunately plans for an earlier opening at
Easter have had to be cancelled. The SVR has informed all Staff and
Working Volunteers that they can return to work on the Railway from
8th March 2021 (with consent of their Heads of Department) to prepare
the Railway for Re-opening. It is hoped that the 1501-WILT Working Group
can resume activities at Bewdley in March.