Reopening guidance for the museum sector has been published today (25 June) by National Museums Directors’ Council (NMDC) and Association of Independent Museums (AIM).
‘NMDC Good Practice Guidelines on Opening Museums After July 4th’
Published by NMDC with support from DCMS and the Museums and Galleries Working Group, these guidelines are intended to help employers, employees and the self-employed, and volunteers in the museum sector in England understand how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidelines should:
- provide a set of practical considerations museums will want to work through before a museum is ready to reopen
- be used in conjunction with COVID-safe guidelines published by HM Government, and 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
The guidelines will periodically be updated when new Government guidance becomes available as we move through different steps of adjustment to lockdown.
To read more and to download the guidance click here.
AIM and Museum Development Network (MDN) Checklist
AIM and MDN have produced a checklist to be used in conjunction with the NMDC Guidelines. This is designed 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 on the AIM website here.
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.
New wider government advice
The government has published wider guidance to be used in conjunction with sector specific guidance. The working safely during coronavirus guidance in different settings now includes:
Guidance for DCMS sectors in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) has been collated on the government website here.