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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for museums, galleries and heritage attractions

Good practice guidelines for re-opening museums, galleries and heritage attractions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for museums, galleries and heritage attractions
Local contexts

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Local contexts

As a minimum we expect organisations:

  • to respond to local contexts and work in coordination with others to support local economies and communities

All organisations operate within a unique set of circumstances based on their location, offer, constitution and business model.

Reopening plans

Museums, galleries and heritage attractions should discuss reopening plans with funder/s and parent bodies as there may be certain circumstances in which the organisation can or cannot open, or in which it may not be economically viable to do so.

A co-ordinated approach

Many museums, galleries and heritage attractions are intrinsically linked to local and tourist economies so may want to work together with local councils, agencies, schools, transport providers and tourist bodies to take a co-ordinated approach:

  • a unified approach to reopening local areas or high streets may provide confidence and certainty to communities and visitors
  • where museums, galleries and heritage attractions are concentrated in one area or district, coordination or a staggered approach may be required to prevent exceeding transport capacities or distancing requirements
  • due to transport restrictions, engagement of local audiences may increase and be a primary focus for short term
  • museums, galleries and heritage attractions may want to work in concert with local schools to support learning
  • museums, galleries and heritage attractions will want to engage local communities in their plans as well as other community partners
  • plans may look very different regionally dependent on transport links and local context

First published: 6 Jul 2020 Last updated: 30 Jul 2020 -