[last updated Thursday 9 April, 5.30pm]
Museums Aotearoa supports all our members and their whanau as we all work through the challenges of this evolving global pandemic. Our first priority is our people - staff, volunteers, visitors and the wider community.
Now that we are in Pandemic Alert Level 4, all museums and galleries are closed. Remember that if you have to go out for essential supplies or services, physical distancing is vital - ie keeping a 2 metre distance for any human interaction.
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)
This page includes:
- MA activities affected by the pandemic
- NZ/Official resources - health, business, government, insight
- Museum and gallery resources
- MA members-only resources - templates and downloads
UPDATE ON ESSENTIAL SERVICES - ACCESS & SECURITY
MBIE have advised Museums Aotearoa that:
"Businesses carrying out functions that are immediately essential to maintain the necessities of life or critical to safety can remain open under Alert level 4, including any critical suppliers in their supply chains. Specialist expertise that you refer to is allowed provided it is emergency work where the need is immediate and required to maintain human, taonga/exhibits health and safety.
Businesses who provide you with specialist expertise can carry out emergency work as long as it is done in a way that limits the transmission of COVID-19 by taking the following measures:
- minimise, or eliminate if possible, physical interactions amongst staff and with and between customers,
- ensure appropriate health, hygiene and safety measures are in place,
- restrict activity to only what is essential during the Alert 4 period."
In addition, MCH have relayed (with MBIE's approval) the following from MBIE:
"Security and maintenance/cleaning may continue on museums/galleries/libraries/archives. These facilities/buildings must NOT be open to the public however and the services must be at a minimum and following the health and safety guidelines:
Services must continue in a way that minimises the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Including:
- minimise, or eliminate if possible, physical interactions among staff and with and between customers
- ensure appropriate health, hygiene and safety measures are in place
- restrict activity to only what is essential during the Alert Level 4 period.
These practices may include:
- limiting, or eliminating if possible, physical interaction between staff, e.g. through physical distancing, split shifts, staggered meal breaks and flexible working arrangements
- limiting, or eliminating if possible, physical interaction with and between customers, eg through online or phone orders, contactless delivery or managed entry (while also avoiding crowding outside), and physical distancing both inside and outside the premises
- hygiene basics of hand washing and sanitisers
- frequent cleaning of premises, especially counters and eftpos terminals, and other high-touch surfaces (cleaning advice is available on the Ministry of Health website)
- protective equipment for staff as appropriate."
The following is a public statement from Museums Aotearoa on 25 March 2020 - an expanded version can be downloaded here.
Museums still operating in Aotearoa's COVID-19 shutdown
- Loss of income
- Staff retention and wellbeing
- Static outgoings
- Volunteer issues
- Security and monitoring of collections during closure
Museums still operating in Aotearoa's COVID-19 shutdown - public statement from Museums Aotearoa (25 March 2020)
MA20 Waitangi conference - postponed until 5-7 May 2021. We will be communicating directly with delegates and presenters.
2020 ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards - deferred to 2021.
EMP meet-ups - cancelled
Kahui Kaitiaki - May hui cancelled, October hui on hold
Links to MA members-only resources.
We will be following all official advice and preventive measures. MA staff are currently working from home and carrying on business as usual as far as practical.
Keep in touch
Thank you to everyone who has responded to the Museums Aotearoa online survey where you can share your questions, responses and plans. This is helping us to understand the main areas of concern so we can raise these with government and other agencies to get the best advice and support possible for museums and galleries nationally.
Aotearoa NZ information
NZ Government Covid-19 website - this includes the alert levels
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Education
NZ Wage Subsidy and Leave Support Payment Scheme
Tourism Industry Aotearoa COVID-19 info - updated regularly
Go with Tourism - support for tourism industry workers and businesses
Mental Health Foundation - new resources and ways to get help
DIA Charities - advice on holding AGMs and extensions to reporting dates
Essential Businesses - clarification on what is deemed an essential business during Level 4 Alert
The Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) has set up a COVID-19 LG coordination unit to guide and support councils through the pandemic. Museum and gallery managers in within councils can sign up to its discussion group.
COVID-19 NZ Report (Dynata, April 2020)
Auckland Museum has shared some insight from Dynata on New Zealander's responses to the COVID-19 situation. This public opinion research is based on responses from a nationally representative sample of 1,000 New Zealanders. Some key takeaways from this research:
- It is going to be some time before we return to normal – 74% think we will be in lockdown for more than a month, and 60% believe it will be more than 6 months before things are back to normal.
- COVID-19 is having a huge social impact – 47% are most concerned about the impact on their family, and 59% are missing socialising with friends the most.
- The pandemic will also change future behaviour - 56% think people will be focusing on saving when things are back to normal, with the researchers noting "it suggests that individuals are going to be a lot more considered in how they are spending, and planning for their future." They also think people will take fewer holidays and overseas trips.
- Our country’s response to COVID-19 has evoked a sense of pride, with 68% saying the way NZ is dealing with COVID-19 makes them proud to be a New Zealander.
Download the COVID-a9 NZ Report infographic
Other museum/gallery-related links
Creative NZ resource page - includes latest $16m Support Package which some art museums may be able to access
American Alliance of Museums workplace information
UK Museums Association - coronavirus impact on museums
Public Health Emergencies - COSTEP MA - US state advice for cultural institutions, included collection care
Feedback, suggestions, resources to share?
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