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COVID19 & Saskatchewan Museums

Posted by Em Ironstar on March 12th, 2020

Please see below for collected information and resources regarding the novel coronavirus and its impacts for Saskatchewan museums. These resources are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field. We encourage members to consult relevant policies & legislation. 

It is important that we inform ourselves of the facts and precautionary measures that can be taken to mitigate the spread of the COVID19 virus. Public health agencies advise the public to take appropriate measures to prevent any potential spreading of the virus. People are also encouraged to stay informed through credible sources such as the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) website, which is frequently updated to reflect the current situation in Canada.

Workplaces also need to undertake preventative measures; the World Health Organization has information help employers mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

There are additional considerations for organizations that have public gatherings planned. The PHAC website has a guide to risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings that may be helpful to anyone deciding whether a planned public event should be cancelled or postponed. SaskCulture has compiled a valuable resource about What to Do if You Must Cancel an Event.

Here at MAS, we recognize that COVID19 may impact our programming, Network Meetings and conference plans as we move forward. We are monitoring the situation carefully and if any issues are anticipated, we will be in touch immediately. We have recently tested the virtual meeting software Zoom Meeting and have held a MAS Board meeting and another committee meeting through this method, and it was very effective. If necessary, we could use this program to hold any meetings virtually.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns and we will do our best to assist you.


Resources for Museum Practice

Personal Preparedness

From the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 Prevention and Risks HERE

Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:

Preparing for Public Gatherings

From the Public Health Agency of Canada: Risk management for mass gatherings during COVID-19 HERE

Risk mitigation strategies could include:

Collections & Facilities Care

Museum Closure

Facilities Cleaning

From the Public Health Agency of Canada:  Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 HERE

Cleaning public spaces:

Human Resources & Business Continuity Planning

From the World Health Organization: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 HERE

Flexible work arrangements and sick leave:

Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management

Public Safety Canada: Emergency Management Planning HERE

Canadian Conservation Institute/ ICCROM guide to Risk Management HERE

American Alliance of Museums Resources

The American Alliance of Museums has collected a comprehensive set of U.S.-focused resources for the museum field in light of COVID-19. 

Directory of Resources

Read more HERE.

Note: This resource page was adpated from the Ontario Museums Association's COVID19 page.

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