Museum "Open to the Public" Guideline Considerations Resources - NEW Interactive Planning Tool, CDC Guidelines for Camps


Posted by OMA on 05/14/2020

Museum "Open to the Public" Guideline Considerations Resources - NEW Reopening Museums: An Interactive Planning Tool, Camp Guidelines, High-Touch, Deep Clean Areas Identified For Museums Infographic and Museum Entrance Sign to Post

Reopening Museums: An Interactive Planning Tool

The CDC has released guidelines for youth programs and camps, download information here

A huge thanks to Vann & Associates for developing a High-Touch, Deep Clean Areas Identified For Museums Infographic your museum can post to let the public know you are keeping a sanitary environment as well as a Museum Entrance Sign.  Download both signs here.

The Oklahoma Museums Association has compiled information in the document, Museum Open to the Public Guideline Considerations, which includes ideas to demonstrate a museum's commitment to provide a comfortable, safe, and healthy space for visitors and staff.

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has released Going Forward: Best Practices and Considerations for Nonprofit Re-Engagement on reopening your nonprofit museum. There are several great sections including Operations and Workplace Readiness, Human Resource Considerations, Board Governance, Communications and Public Relations, Events and Donor Engagement and more.  Download the FREE Re-Engagement Document, which the Oklahoma Museums Association was honored to be a part of developing. 

In addition, American Alliance of Museums has posted Considerations for Museum Reopenings here

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has confirmed the following regarding museums and Governor Stitt's plan to reopen the economy. The overall plan can be found here and museum specific museum information can be found here

The Oklahoma Arts Council has developed Operating During COVID-19: Considerations for Oklahoma Nonprofit Arts OrganizationsIt presents a wide range of factors for organizations to consider as they begin planning for reconvening staff and potentially organizing arts programs for members of the public.

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Governor Stitt's Open Up and Recover Safely:  A Three-phase Approach to Open Oklahoma's Economy

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has confirmed the following regarding museums and Governor Stitt's plan to reopen the economy. The overall plan can be found here and museum specific museum information can be found here

Museums are included under Entertainment Venues in the Governor's Open Up and Recover Safely Plan and may reopen May 1, 2020.  If museums and similar institutions wish to reopen later, that is fine and their decision, but they may reopen beginning May 1, if they choose. 

Regarding social distancing, museums must promote social distancing and only allow as many visitors into their institutions at one time as can reasonably be accommodated while allowing six (6) feet between "customer groups" - those attending the institution as a group/family rather than six (6) feet between individuals.

All other protocols as outlined in OMA's "Museum 'Open to the Public' Guideline Considerations"  should be adhered to, including face masks for staff and guests, sanitizing facilities, limiting hands-on interactive stations, etc.  The COVID-19 virus is still spreading in Oklahoma.

Just because museums can open in Phase 1, OMA encourages museums to consider moving cautiously and deliberately to best protect museum staff, the public, and the cultural resources that are entrusted to them, which might include opening in Phase 2 or Phase 3.  In addition, museums must consider and follow their local government orders.