New guidance on reopening museums has been published by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group.
The ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 NMDC Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums after 4th July 2020’ guidance is intended to help employers, employees, the self-employed and volunteers in the museum sector in England understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance provides a set of practical considerations museums will want to work through whilst considering reopening. They should:
- Be used in conjunction with COVID-safe guidelines published by HM Government, as the guidance is intended to enhance, not supplant existing regulations
- Sit alongside and inform existing business practices and standard structures museums already consider when managing risk and conducting business planning activities.
- Read the full guidance here.
Alongside the above guidance, a checklist has been produced by AIM and the Museum Development Network to be used in conjunction with the Guidelines and to help museums take a strategic, well informed approach to making decisions on reopening and implementing a safe and effective plan in conjunction with the national guidance for museums. The checklist does not tell you exactly how your reopened museum should operate – individual circumstances will vary enormously – it is intended to help you develop your reopening plans and provides you with a methodology to follow.
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