Oklahoma Museums and Attractions to Remain Vigilant with Covid-19 Policies

Posted by OMA on 05/03/2021

Oklahoma Museums and Attractions to Remain Vigilant with Covid-19 Policies
Many Oklahoma City-Area Museums to Continue Mask Mandate through May

Several Oklahoma City-area museums and attractions will continue to adhere to their Covid-19 policies including current mask requirements and social distancing in all indoor spaces through May 31. The institutions working together in respect for their essential staff and public health include Oklahoma Contemporary, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma History Center and Science Museum Oklahoma.

The group has worked in collaboration and with the Oklahoma Museums Association throughout the pandemic, sharing best practices and discussions on a variety of topics effecting the industry. The group will review CDC guidelines and city mandates at the end of May.

“The decision to continue to follow the CDC guidelines and policies coincides with increases in visitation and the transition to pre-pandemic hours of operation for many of our museums and attractions across the state,” said Brenda Granger, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. “Industry leaders want to ensure they are allowing additional time for their essential staff and guests to receive vaccinations and keep everyone safe and healthy.”

The metro-area institutions join 14 of Tulsa’s largest attractions who have also agreed to continue current mask requirements and social distancing through May.

“Additional museums and attractions across the state may also be adhering to their set policies such as requiring masks and social distancing through the month of May as well,” said Granger. “When you are planning a visit, be sure to check with the individual institution for their policies.”

The Oklahoma Museums Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1972. Programming offered by the Oklahoma Museums Association is important as the primary source of information and professional development for Oklahoma's 500 museums, historical societies, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens, historic houses, living history museums, tribal cultural centers and other museum-related institutions.  

Tulsa Area Attractions to Continue COVID Policies 
Mask Mandates Remain for Indoor Spaces through May 

Fourteen of Tulsa’s largest area attractions have agreed to continue current mask requirements and social distancing for all indoor spaces through the month of May. The decision was made in the best interest of public health as a continued measure of safety as we follow the CDC guidelines. This extension allows additional time for guests and staff to fully complete vaccinations and safely transition to increased capacities and activities.

The Tulsa area attractions participating in these joint efforts include: ahha Tulsa, Discovery Lab, Gathering Place, Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma Aquarium, Philbrook Museum of Art, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Garden Center at Woodward Park, Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Zoo, and the Woody Guthrie Center.

These Tulsa attractions have engaged in regular discussions since the pandemic began in March 2020 and continue to communicate and closely monitor the situation. In the coming weeks the group will issue an update for the month of June reflecting further guidance from the CDC and City of Tulsa. For the latest updates on specific attractions, events, or specific guidelines for a particular organization please visit their website.