Planning for further easing of restrictions

20 Sep 2021

Museums are an integral part of our social fabric and play a vital role in connecting our communities.

As places of learning, conservation, research, and interpretation, they hold our rich cultural collections in trust: these are the record of our past, the touchpoint for our present, and our legacy for future generations. They are uniquely placed to enable an active community, to contextualise society’s issues, to provide comfort and respite, and to inspire us. They are essential to a functioning society.

As we continue to monitor the ongoing risk from the disease and take steps individually and collectively in our everyday lives to keep this risk under control, museums across Ireland – like other integral services – are taking a careful and gradual approach to reopening, per recommendations in each jurisdiction outlined by the Irish Government and the NI Executive.

We include information below to guide and assist you.

Reframing the Challenge, Continuing our recovery and reconnecting - August 2021

Work safely protocol (ROI) - updated 16.09.21

DofC Culture & Heritage destinations venues: Guidance for a phased return (NI)- updated 19.06.21

National Museums Directors' Council Good Practice Guidelines (UK) - updated 31.08.21

Working Safely during Covid-19 in Tourism and Hospitality Businesses (NI) - updated 10.09.21

Guidelines for Event Organisers and Venue Management for a return to Public Events - September 2021

Health and Safety Authority - Return to Work Safely Templates

The HSA have prepared a series of checklists and templates to help employers, business owners and managers to get their business up and running again and to inform workers about what they need to do to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace.

They have been drafted based on the Irish Government’s updated Work Safely Protocol and should be read in conjunction with this document. 

IMA members can click here to log-in to their account and access recordings from 'coffee break' sessions, including 'Planning for Reopening'