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COVID-19 Checklist: Hygiene Concept for Museum

In order to reopen your museum and keep it safe for staff and visitors alike, you'll need to follow several hygiene and social distancing measures. Among these COVID-19 stopgap includes having all guests wear protective face coverings, providing proof of a negative test upon arrival, and implementing intensive cleaning procedures, among others. Here's a plan for reopening your museum.

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COVID-19 Checklist: Hygiene Concept for Museum

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Distance and Contact Avoidance

Limitation of the total number of visitors to 1 visitor per 20 sqm. This requires admission regulation (e.g. admission up to the maximum possible number of visitors, then to the extent that visitors leave the building again).
No more than 10 people in the waiting area inside the building. (e.g. marking of the waiting areas to maintain the minimum distance). In waiting areas outside the building, markings or information signs facilitate the order.
General assurance of a minimum distance of 1.5 m between visitors by means of information signs and additional measures (e.g. floor markings, barriers, routing). Here it is necessary to check individually where, on the basis of previous experience, bottlenecks and "congested areas" are. If necessary, changes to the exhibition situation may be appropriate.
Ensuring a minimum distance of 1.5 m also when entering and leaving any premises, in the sanitary facilities and also for personnel in premises without visitor contact.
Guidance systems and fixed guidance of visitor flows (tours) help to avoid contact.
Group tours and visits in closed groups require a separate decision (e.g. small groups, observance of distance rules, possibly reducing the remaining number of visitors accordingly). Rooms with film screenings should be included in the considerations.
The regulations for avoiding contact may require additional personnel in the supervisory area, who must be instructed regularly on the measures to be taken.

Hygiene Measures

Reference to hand hygiene after entering the building and after using the sanitary facilities, if necessary the possibility of hand disinfection (at least limited virucidal hand disinfectant).
Mouth and nose cover for all staff in the visitor traffic area.
Mouth and nose cover for visitors as a recommendation on a signboard, unless the obligation to wear it is extended anyway.
Notice to visitors that the following persons are excluded from access: a. Persons with unspecific general symptoms and respiratory symptoms of any severity b. Persons with contact to COVID-19 cases within the last 14 days
Hygiene training of the personnel. If employees belong to the group of persons who, according to the RKI, have an increased risk of a serious illness, the necessary protective measures must be implemented. These may include the wearing of respiratory protection with the required protective function. Consultation by the company physician should be offered.
Protection of the cash desk area by a separating disc or similar. Regular hand cleaning or, if necessary, hand disinfection is recommended. Prefer non-contact payment methods.

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Draw up a cleaning concept taking into account the frequency of use of the surfaces touched, e.g. door handles, touch screens etc.
In the exhibition area, e.g. touch screens, "hands-on" objects, if necessary removal of "haptic" elements. Intensive disinfection or cleaning of rental equipment such as MediaGuides. If intensive, frequent cleaning or disinfection is not possible, hand disinfection before use is recommended (if necessary, placing a disinfectant dispenser in front of touch screens, etc.).
Since museum shops are usually very densely stocked, they require special attention when being upgraded to cope with the new situation. In principle, the rules for retail shops will apply here.


Preparation of an individual ventilation concept that ensures regular ventilation of the premises, taking into account the use and requirements of the exhibits.
If, due to the climatically sensitive works of art, the aim is to achieve the lowest possible proportion of fresh air for a stable room climate in the exhibition room, the proportion of fresh air in the ventilation systems of the museum should be increased as far as possible in order to enable the highest possible air exchange with fresh air in the exhibition area. If conservation requirements cannot be met through increased technical use, it should be checked whether individual areas can be made inaccessible to visitors, or whether the exhibits concerned should be stored in depots.
In historical buildings (castles, palaces) where only natural ventilation through windows takes place, care should be taken to ensure regular air exchange. If there are requirements for a constant climate, this can be achieved by restricting the number of visitors or opening hours.


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