Ohio Museum "Open to the Public" Resources

Museums “Open to the Public” Guideline Considerations

The following information includes 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 information 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.

These documents will be updated with the Ohio Department of Health’s “Responsible RestartOhio” plan for museums when it is released.

Click here to see the Responsible RestartOhio protocols for General Office Environments from the Ohio Department of Health

Click here to see the Responsible RestartOhio protocols for Consumer, Retail & Services from the Ohio Department of Health

(Please note: Museums are NOT considered Consumer, Retail & Services as part of the Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible RestartOhio plan, and must remain closed until further notice from the Governor. This plan is just an example of what museums might need to take into consideration when allowed to reopen.)

Deep Clean Areas for Museums
(Adobe PDF File)

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