Responsible RestartOhio Museum Sector Reopen Guidelines

On June 4, Governor Mike DeWine announced the reopening of certain facilities – including aquariums, art galleries, museums and zoos – with health and safety restrictions.

These organizations may open beginning June 10, if they are able to follow Retail, Consumer, Service & Entertainment Guidelines and other applicable additional guidance.

These specific guidelines are listed in the "Reopen Guidelines and Other Considerations for Museums" document below.


Additional Reopen Guideline Considerations for Museums to Consider

In addition to those guidelines set forward by the State of Ohio, the following information included in the "Reopen Guidelines and Other Considerations for Museums" document below includes additional ideas to demonstrate a museum’s commitment to provide a comfortable, safe, and healthy space for visitors and staff.

Please be advised that some or all of the following ideas may not be applicable to every institution. It is strongly recommended that before implementing any of the ideas below the institution carefully evaluates, and consults with outside legal counsel as appropriate, the legality, applicability and potential efficacy of this information for the institution.

This is a living document that will be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect state guidelines and mandates, as well as industry best practices.

Deep Clean Areas for Museums
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These Data Stories infographics from Wilkening Consulting show helpful research about museum audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How are Museum-Goers Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Museums and the Pandemic: Data Story #1

Do Audiences Want Virtual Content from Museums?
Museums and the Pandemic: Data Story #2

When Will Audiences Be Ready to Return to Museums? And What Will Help Them Feel Safe and Comfortable?
Museums and the Pandemic: Data Story #3

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