Since early May, Museum officers have been considering how the museum could reopen safely to the public. Government guidelines, Health and Safety Executive requirements for public services, along with national museum/heritage advice, have been consulted and acted on. We believe we have a robust set of measures in place to protect both visitors and our volunteers from the spread of Covid-19. The layout of the small building however does work against effective social distancing and so in July 2020, the decision was taken by the trustees to remain closed until Easter 2021.
The museum has produced a Covid-19 policy to show how we aim to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic. The sections cover:
- museum volunteers who work intermittently in the museum while still closed to the public
- visits made by outside contractors
- stewards who will operate the museum once it reopens
- cleaning procedures
The policy will be reviewed and updated over the coming months, and extracts will appear here once we are nearer the stage of reopening. Below is the extract that affects visits made by outside contractors:
Guidelines to follow:
- Prior to an onsite visit, the museum officer will discuss by phone or email the museum’s safety requirements i.e. social distancing, hand cleaning, wearing a face mask if working closely with others
- The contractor will need to sign the museum’s attendance sheet on arrival; these sheets will be destroyed after 3 weeks but the data is required in case it is needed by NHS Test and Trace. All data collected will be held securely.
- Hand washing or hand sanitising must be carried out on arrival and exit; dispensers are provided
- Social distancing of 1m+ minimum must be observed
- After the contractor has left, all surfaces where the work was carried out will be cleaned thoroughly by the staff member
Covid-19 risk assessments have been written and reviewed to determine how the museum can reduce the risks of passing on the virus. The museum may open just downstairs initially and operate a very restricted entry system. Perspex screens, sanitising stations, safety notices and regular cleaning will be in place. Training will be given to our volunteers and feedback will be important. Once the museum can fully open, other precautions will be in place, such as withdrawing our dressing-up costumes, handling activities and the Morgan touchscreen. Numbers of visitors will still be restricted and social distancing measures will operate according to the latest government advice.