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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Museum guidance

The following is intended as a plain-language summary of rules during the COVID-19 emergency and does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Protections Needed


  • Provide masks for employees.
  • Require employees and visitors over age 2 to mask while on site except only:
    • As necessary for the employee to eat or drink during break times. The employee should be seated at least 6 feet from others when taking off mask.
    • When seated alone in a private office or in a cubicle whose sides extend above the head of the employee.


  • Install plastic or plexiglass barriers at ticket and information desks to physically separate staff and visitors.


  • Screen every employee for symptoms before every shift and prevent them from remaining on site if they have cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • It is not necessary to conduct onsite temperature measurement for staff or visitors. If you measure temperatures, use a no-touch thermometer, and do not allow anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher to remain onsite.
  • Have sick leave policies in place so that employees excluded from the workplace do not lose earnings.
  • If an employee develops COVID-19 infection or has a positive test, businesses and other organizations must take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further. Refer to What to do if someone tests positive for COVID-19 at work for more information.


  • Adjust work assignments to ensure employees can stay at least 6 feet from each other and from visitors throughout their shifts and use barriers as above where this is not possible.
  • Use floor decals or other visual cues to encourage spacing by visitors.
  • If museum has an auditorium, block off rows and seats to require 6-foot distance between persons other than family groups.
  • Food is only permitted in café/cafeterias. Patrons must remain at least 6 feet apart from each other while eating. Follow Restaurant and mobile food cart guidance.
  • Use non-contact payment methods if possible.

Reduce crowds

  • Limit occupancy to a maximum of 20 total staff and clients for every 1,000 square feet of public and non-public space in the facility, even with masks and maintaining safe distancing.
    • Post this temporary occupancy limit publicly.
  • Each exhibition room should follow occupancy limits of a maximum of 20 total staff and clients for every 1,000 square feet of public and non-public space in the room, even with masks and maintaining safe distancing.
  • Take steps to avoid crowding at popular exhibits (use of floor decals; staff enforcement).
  • Consider virtual tour, lecture, and class options for visitors.
  • Limit capacity of in-person tours to 15 total staff and visitors.
  • Limit capacity of seated classes to 25 total staff and students.


  • Place handwashing stations or hand sanitizer at entry, break rooms, and outside communal bathrooms for all staff and visitors with prominent signage promoting use.
  • Give staff hourly handwashing breaks.


  • Wipe down high-touch surfaces with disinfectant at least every 4 hours. See CDC guidance for details.
  •  If using headsets for tours, wipe down with disinfectant between each user.


  • If possible, increase ventilation in the building by either:
    • Opening windows and/or doors on opposite sides of the building and using fans to blow outside air through the building OR
    • Optimizing ventilation provided by the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system by:
      • Having the HVAC system checked to assure that it is working properly. If it can be adjusted, the system should be set to provide at least 6 air exchanges per hour.
      • Maximizing the amount of outside air circulated by the system.
      • Installing filters with minimum efficiency reporting values (MERV) of 13, or the highest compatible with the filter rack. It is not necessary to use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters or ultraviolet light irradiation systems.
      • Checking that the external air inlet duct is not blocked and that it is at least 15 feet from people.


  • Educate staff about strategies to prevent spread of COVID-19.
  • Remind staff who are sick or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days to stay home and follow CDC quarantine guidelines​​​​​​​. Staff without any symptoms may end their quarantine period after:
    • Day 10 without testing, OR
    • Day 7 after receiving a negative test result (lab-based or rapid) after day 5.
  • Persons who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID-19 if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • They are fully vaccinated, and it’s been at least 2 weeks after the last dose in the vaccine series;
    • They are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND,
    • They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
  • Vaccination is not 100% effective.
    • Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms should get tested.
    • Anyone who is positive for COVID-19 must isolate according to CDC guidelines.
    • After vaccination you must still: wear a mask, keep your distance, and avoid crowds.
  • Post prominent signs at entrances:
    • Asking people who are sick or who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days not to enter.
    • Encouraging people to cover coughs or sneezes.
    • Mandating physical distancing of at least 6 feet.
    • Mandating that all staff and visitors wear masks with reminders about how to do so appropriately (security staff and guards should be encouraged to enforce this practice for visitors in galleries).

See also:

  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
  • Call (800) 722-7112 to speak to a health care professional on the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline.