As art institutions around the world begin to make plans to reopen following coronavirus-related closures, a global network of modern and contemporary museum experts has released a set of recommended practices to continue to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM), an industry group with more than 35,000 members, has issued recommended safety guidelines for institutions that have reopened or are planning to do so soon. Based on precautionary steps taken in March by the National Gallery Singapore, M+ Hong Kong, and Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, CIMAM’s recommendations include ensuring all visitors wear protective masks on museum premises, suspending guided tours and large events, and screenings for visitors who appear unwell. The organization also encourages institutions to consider turning away people who have visited the virus’s epicenters recently.[See a guide to museums that have announced reopening dates.]
Proposed staff safety measures include checking workers’ temperatures twice a day, having employees wear protective masks at all times, and creating schedules wherein workers alternate working on site and at home. The organization encourages museums to increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting their spaces, to urge visitors to purchase tickets online (as opposed to in-person), and to make hand sanitizer readily available across different areas.
Finally, CIMAM is encouraging modern and contemporary art museums to clearly communicate their efforts to maintain social distancing, temperature screenings, and contact tracing measures so as to “pre-empt and manage the expectations of visitors.”
The full list of guidelines can be found on CIMAM’s website.