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Museum Reopening Guidance and Checklist
The Coronavirus Covid-19 NMDC Good Practice Guidelines on the Reopening of Museums after July 4, 2020 (hereafter Guidelines) has been developed by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) Planning and Remobilisation Group with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and contributions from across the museum sector, including AIM. It is intended for use by museums in England.
Alongside this, a checklist has been produced by AIM and the Museum Development Network (MDN) 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.
You can work through the AIM / MDN checklist via the links below.
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.
Depending on the nature of your operation, you may also look to draw on other government guidance. The Guidelines references other guidance relevant to museums, including that for heritage, workplaces, shops and accessing green spaces.
The Welsh government has issued ‘Culture and heritage destinations and venues: guidance for a phased return‘ for AIM members in Wales.
The Scottish government has issued ‘Coronavirus (Covid-19): guidance for museums, galleries and heritage attractions‘ for AIM members in Scotland.
Step 1 – Consult
Step 2 – Assess risk
Step 3 – Check financial viability
Step 4 – Plan
Step 5 – Communicate with staff and volunteers
Step 6 – Check in on wellbeing
Step 7 – Communicate with visitors
Step 8 – Use your local network
Step 9 – Use museum networks
Step 10 – Be flexible
Scottish government Coronavirus (Covid 19): guidance for museums, galleries and heritage attractions
EMBED Reopening Recommendations – Created in collaboration with the Disability Collaborative Network and University of East Anglia, EMBED guidance considers and offers solutions to the potential barriers faced by disabled visitors and customers. Read the guidance here.