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Preventing spread at public events and programs

DecorativeFor museums that remain open to the public and host events, we recommend consulting the World Health Organization’s guidelines for organizing mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19. This resource includes recommendations for planning, risk assessment, and other considerations relevant to museums.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provide applicable guidance for community events, with sections on strategies to implement beforeduring, and after a potential outbreak.

Consider whether to cancel or reschedule public programs and events. This may be an appropriate response to recommendations from local officials or concerns on the part of the community or staff.

Finally, common-sense routine cleaning is recommended now more than ever. This includes:

  • Routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the museum, including doorknobs (see above section for more on cleaning)
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and disposable wipes throughout public museum spaces and staff offices
  • Providing disposable wipes in staff offices so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, and desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use

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