COVID-19 Resource Hub

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has compiled relevant COVID-19 URLs from its members and other stakeholders. It’s heartening to see so many resources shared so widely. However, that means you will likely encounter some of the same resources as you delve into these links. A wonderful example of how heritage sectors are inextricably woven together. Together, we will get through this.

These websites – including this one – are constantly being updated as new information becomes available, so be sure to bookmark this page and other favorites and check back frequently. If you would like HENTF to consider adding your organization’s resource page(s), please email hentf@si.edu.

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Federal and Global Guidance

World Health Organization. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Department of Homeland Security. State Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Be sure to monitor your state and municipal guidance on COVID-19. Find links to your state or territory’s public safety and emergency management websites.

U.S. General Services Administration. COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Information for tenants of federal buildings and locations managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, as well as lessors and agencies who operate fully delegated buildings

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

COVID-19 Disaster Declarations

Fact Sheet (4/13/20): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Environmental and Historic Preservation and Emergency Protective Measures (Added 4/28/20)

Fact Sheet (4/13/20): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Floodplain Considerations for Temporary Critical Facilities (Added 4/28/20)

Fact Sheet (4/2/20): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Private Nonprofit Organizations

Fact Sheet (3/19/20): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures

Fact Sheet (3/26/20) Coronavirus (COVID-19): FEMA Assistance for Tribal Governments

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Dashboards for Situational Awareness

A data dashboard is the most efficient way to track multiple data sources as they continue to input new information during an evolving situation. Continual assessment of the data allows users to analyze the situation and make informed decisions.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases
An interactive web-based dashboard that visualizes and tracks reported cases in real time. Hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). Johns Hopkins University

The Economic Impact of Coronavirus on the Arts and Culture Sector
A dashboard reporting on the latest results from AFTA’s ongoing survey to capture coronavirus-related economic impact reports from artists, arts organizations, and arts agencies of all types, genres, sizes, and tax statuses. If you have an impact to report – lost income, attendance, or other impacts – please follow the link to the survey here. Americans for the Arts

Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF)
For HENTF members and the larger cultural heritage community, emergency resources and information relating to major disaster declarations

National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC)
FEMA’s virtual clearinghouse for two-way information sharing between public and private sector stakeholders to help people before, during, and after disasters. Participation in the NBEOC is open to all members of the U.S. private sector, including large and small businesses, chambers of commerce, associations, universities, think tanks, and nonprofits. Those wishing to join the NBEOC should register for an NBEOC Service Desk account by emailing your name, email address, organization, and position title to NBEOC@max.gov with the subject line NBEOC Service Desk Access and complete the online membership agreement.

Voluntary Organization Information System for Engagement
Consolidates information gathered and offered by FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Liaisons

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Guidance on Funding and Managing Your Organization’s Recovery

Reimagining Strategy in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis: A Triage Tool (Added 4/28/20)
An annotated tool, a sample tool, a blank tool template, and instructions for facilitating group use of the tool to reexamine your core assumptions and reflect on how to shape your organization’s work over the next few months. Center for Community Investment

Center for Nonprofit Excellence: COVID-19 Resources (Added 4/28/20)
Links to scenario planning and budgeting, a free webinar series, fundraising, and resource collections that provide nonprofit practitioners with timely guidance on issues of the utmost concern during COVID-19. Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Nonprofit Crisis Management: A Checklist (Added 4/28/20)
A checklist prepared by the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management to help your organization manage during these unprecedented circumstances. The Chronicle of Philanthropy

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds (Added 4/28/20)
Independent Sector has teamed with Washington Council Ernst & Young, a DC-based lobbying firm with deep expertise in the nonprofit sector, and Sheppard Mullin, a national full-service law firm with a dedicated Nonprofit Team to help nonprofit organizations understand how the CARES Act will apply to them and how to proceed with filing for assistance. Independent Sector

COVID-19 Government Relief (Added 4/28/20)
Information on government relief programs that support performing arts organizations, artists and arts workers. Association of Performing Arts Professionals

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Text of the legislation signed into law on March 27, 2020, to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Congress

CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds
The Independent Sector has developed an easy-to-use tool to help individuals and nonprofits understand the CARES Act eligibility criteria, timelines, and application information. Please note these resources are in addition to the NEA/NEH/IMLS federal allocations (see Funder Support of the Heritage Community).

Small Business Administration

The three bills that passed Congress in March 2020 have given the Small Business Administration (SBA) broad authorities and are opening up programs not usually associated with the SBA’s Disaster Assistance program. Keep returning to SBA’s website to review the latest information.

The SBA also announced deferments on all SBA disaster loans from previous disasters, effective through December 31, 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Small Business Administration disaster assistance in response to the coronavirus

Disaster Loan Assistance: Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters
Low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration to small businesses and nonprofits severely impacted by COVID-19

Assistance for Small Businesses
Guidance, provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the CARES Act. The site includes a program overview, FAQs, and a borrower application form.

FEMA Public Assistance Program

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures
Guidance on the types of emergency protective measures that may be eligible under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program in accordance with the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

La Pandemia del Coronavirus (COVID-19): Medidas de Protección en Emergencias Elegibles
La siguiente guía sobre los tipos de medidas de protección en emergencias que podrían ser elegibles bajo el Programa de Asistencia Pública (PA, por sus siglas en inglés) de FEMA conforme con la Declaración de Emergencia por COVID-19

Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide
FEMA’s comprehensive, consolidated program and policy document. See especially the sections discussing private nonprofit organizations and facilities.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

How Nonprofit Organizations Can Benefit from the CARES Act
Recorded webinar: On Monday, March 30, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation President Carolyn Cawley and U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Neil Bradley hosted an online briefing on how nonprofit organizations can benefit from the CARES Act.

Coronavirus Response and Resources
Resources on business resilience and disaster recovery, with an extensive section on Financial Assistance for Small Business

Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Here are the questions you may be asking – and what you need to know.

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Funder Support of the Heritage Community

New IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries (Added 5/11/20)
A Notice of Funding Opportunity has been posted that supports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities. Deadline to apply: June 12, 2020. Institute of Museum and Library Services

New IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services (Added 5/11/20)
A Notice of Funding Opportunity to assist tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed. Deadline to apply: June 12, 2020. Institute of Museum and Library Services

New NEH grant guidelines to distribute CARES Act funding (Added 4/28/20)
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced new grant guidelines to distribute CARES Act funding to cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This new funding opportunity, NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations, will provide grants of up to $300,000 to sustain humanities organizations and preserve jobs in the cultural sector. The link provides complete details.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy
CDP’s home page is devoted to updates on COVID-19, how to respond, events, blog posts, and information on the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund.

IMLS: Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act makes $50 million available to the Institute of Museum and Library Services to invest in library and museum projects, with a focus on digital inclusion and technical capacity building. Details will be announced on the IMLS home page.

IMLS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Updates from IMLS and resources covering the impact of COVID-19 on museums, libraries, and the communities they serve. Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS: Information for Applicants and Grantees
FAQs for IMLS grant applicants and awardees with questions about the impact of COVID-19 on their IMLS-related work. Institute of Museum and Library Services

NEA to Distribute $75 million in Relief Aid to Arts Organizations in Need
The Arts Endowment will distribute $75 million in funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to nonprofit arts organizations across the country. Some funding will be distributed directly through NEA and the balance through state arts agencies. In a departure from NEA’s requirement of supporting project-based funding, the legislation allows funds to be used for general operating expenses. Details will be announced on the NEA home page.

NEA COVID-19 Resources
General information from select federal agencies, FAQs, and relief resources and opportunities. National Endowment for the Arts

NEA: Guidance for Grantees with 2020 Project Activities
FAQs and important information for applicants and grantees in response to COVID-19. National Endowment for the Arts

NEH Receives $75 Million to Distribute to Cultural Institutions Affected by Coronavirus
As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the National Endowment for the Humanities will receive $75 million to support at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and cultural nonprofits. Details will be announced on the NEH home page.

NEH: FAQs – Funding for NEH Applicants and Grantees Impacted by the Coronavirus
Frequently asked questions related to NEH funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Office of Management and Budget memo M-20-17 “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations.” National Endowment for the Humanities

COVID-19: CARES Act and Steps You Can Take
The CARES Act includes provisions for self-employed workers and makes financial disaster relief available. A compilation of information that will constantly be updated in this ever-changing landscape. CERF+

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to impacted artists
A coalition of national arts grantmakers has come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to U.S. artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Artist Relief

Emergency Grants and Resources for Artists
In light of the anticipated volume of requests for assistance, for the time-being, CERF+’s emergency relief grants related to COVID-19 will focus on those infected with the virus who require intensive medical care. CERF+

Coronavirus Information
Guidance for the National Science Foundation community, including FAQs for NSF proposers and awardees, research experiences, panelists, and major facilities and contracts

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Collections Care During a Pandemic

Webinar: Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Added 4/29/20)
Irene Karsten of the Canadian Conservation Institute shares information and recommendations to help those responsible for heritage collections. Questions about collections contamination, disinfection of museum spaces, and risks to collections during long-term shut down are addressed, based on the evolving collective knowledge of the public health and infectious disease research communities merged with what we know about keeping collections safe. Ontario Museum Association

Closed by COVID-19: A guide to caring for collections in buildings closed due to COVID-19 (Added 4/28/20)
A Practice Guide for managers of heritage collections that are closed at short notice because of an epidemic or pandemic. The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material

Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections
Recorded webinar: On March 30, 2020, two experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections. Institute of Museum and Library Services

COVID-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources (Video 1)
A 25-minute recording of a March 23, 2020, Facebook live video on isolating, cleaning, or disinfecting historic materials. National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

COVID-19 Basics: Personal Protective Equipment (Video 2)
The second video in the NCPTT COVID-19 Basics series, this 35-minute recording addresses risk assessment, protection, use of personal protective equipment, disinfection, homemade masks, and advice on how to help our communities. National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

COVID-19 Basics: Re-Entry to Cultural Sites (Video 3)
The third video in the NCPTT COVID-19 Basics series, this 27-minute recording focuses on preparing to re-enter cultural sites once the pandemic is ending and businesses reopen. This presentation discusses issues associated with re-entry and use of a cultural site and precautions we need to take in order to safeguard ourselves and visitors. National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Cultural Resources and COVID-19
Covering basic information about the COVID-19 virus, this four-page brief has sections on virus survival, assessment, safety measures, isolation, deactivation, and disinfection. También disponible en español. National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Field Services Alliance Tips: Collections Care During COVID-19
Top-ten tips for cultural heritage institutions to help ensure that collections remain safe while collections caretakers are away and to prevent collections from becoming a vector for the virus. Field Services Alliance

Collections Care Amid COVID-19
Resources compiled to assist conservators and collections care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. American Institute for Conservation

Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic
Information and resources to assist libraries, institutions, and archives during a pandemic. Some of the resources are specific to influenza outbreaks but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness. American Library Association

Public Health Emergencies: COVID-19
Resources and guidance for personal and institutional preparedness and response. COSTEP MA – Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts

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Resources for Museums

COVID-19 Resources for Libraries and Museums
Resources made available by organizations serving the museum and library communities. Institute of Museum and Library Services

COVID-19 Resources & Information for the Museum Field
A guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities and navigate the broader impact of COVID-19. American Alliance of Museums

Financial Relief and Resources
Resources for developing short- and long-term fiscal strategies for supporting your organization. American Alliance of Museums

Managing Your Museum’s Pandemic Response, Part I: Activating your Emergency Response
Developed to help you ask important questions and take the first steps to begin implementing your emergency response to COVID-19. Alberta Museum Association

Managing Your Museum’s Pandemic Response, Part 2: Workers and Employers
Developed to help you ask important questions and share resources that might be helpful in coordinating your museum’s emergency response to COVID-19. Alberta Museum Association

Using Scenarios to Plan Your Museum’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response
Guidance from the Center for the Future of Museums Blog on using scenarios as a tool to map your way forward in the coming days and weeks. American Alliance of Museums

From the Field: Museums and COVID-19
Information for Association of Art Museum Directors members and the museum field

COVID-19 Updates
Provides a link for academic museums and galleries to add their institution’s response to COVID-19, as well as helpful links to other organizations. Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

AAMG Panel Discussion Around Issues Related to COVID-19
PowerPoint slides from the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries that cover human resources, collections, programming, and additional resources

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
Virtual museum or museum-adjacent resources. MCN – Museum Computer Network

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Resources for Archives

Resources for Response to COVID-19 Health Crisis
The SAA Council has provided links to tools for managerial advocacy, support for displaced archives workers, and other resources to help the archives community navigate this global health crisis. Society of American Archivists

Archival Workers Emergency Fund
The Society of American Archivists Foundation announced the creation of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund to support archival workers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to financially vulnerable and at-risk workers. All U.S.–based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund.

Archives are Accessible – Search the Map!
To enable the archives and records community to share what they are doing and what is accessible, the International Council on Archives has developed a digital map where you can share information about an online exhibition, digital catalogue, specific digital collections, or a crowdsourcing project that people can do while they are #stayinghome.

Coronavirus
Information includes current status of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) services and links to U.S. government resources. National Archives and Records Administration

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Resources for Libraries

COVID-19 Resources for Libraries and Museums
Resources made available by organizations serving the museum and library communities. Institute of Museum and Library Services

Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries
Information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention and preparation. American Library Association

Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic
Information and resources to assist libraries, institutions, and archives during a pandemic. Some of the resources are specific to influenza outbreaks but can be used more universally to help educate and inform decisions on pandemic prevention and preparedness. American Library Association

Pandemic Information
Resources for the public, Library of Congress staff, and Library of Congress contractors. Library of Congress

COVID-19 and the Global Library Field
Key Resources for Libraries in responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic compiled by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. IFLA

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Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

What’s the economic impact? Take the impact survey
Americans for the Arts is gathering data and impact stories through this survey link. The survey will capture a broad spectrum of data and stories that will demonstrate how the arts and culture workers triumphed and survived this crisis as well as the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses. AFTA encourages you to share this survey with your communities.

COVID-19 Impact Survey for Studio-Based Artists
Data gathered will assist CERF+ in advocating for artists’ access to federal relief funds and inform how CERF+ can best address artists’ immediate and long-term needs stemming from coronavirus. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. CERF+

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
Up-to-date news and resources for the arts and culture field. Americans for the Arts

CERF+ Responds to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources and steps artists can take to protect themselves, their businesses, and their careers. CERF+

COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
An extensive list of arts service organizations that are providing frequently updated news and resources for artists and arts organizations. National Endowment for the Arts

Coronavirus – COVID 19 – Preparedness for Arts Sector
A listing of organizations that can assist with reestablishing your art practice and can keep you apprised of funding opportunities. National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response

COVID-19 Resource List
Resources from The Actor’s Fund, a national service organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan

Coronavirus Resources
Resources for state arts agencies that are receiving questions from arts stakeholders seeking guidance on planning arts events or managing cultural facilities in light of COVID-19. National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Association of Performing Arts Professionals COVID-19 Resources (Added 4/28/20)
For performing arts organizations, artists, and arts workers, this site’s topics include action alerts, APAP response activities, a government relief questionnaire, congressional action, resources for agents and artists, emergency funding, webinars, and more.

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Resources for Historic Properties, Sites, and Organizations

Resources in Response to the Coronavirus
A range of resources for preservationists, museums, and historic sites. National Trust for Historic Preservation

COVID-19 Resources
Resources that include blog posts, webinars, and external resources from around the field. American Association for State and Local History

COVID-19 and ACHP Operations
Includes information on Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and coronavirus impacts, general information about COVID-19 from federal agencies, and operations at ACHP. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

COVID-19 Resources for Architects
Guidelines, policies, and tools for American Institute of Architects members

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Resources for Indian Country

COVID-19 Resources for Indian Country (Added 4/29/20)
A summary of the tribal provisions in H.R. 748 – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, covering economic development and employment; health, education, and nutrition; and homeland security. National Congress of American Indians

Coronavirus (COVID-19): FEMA Assistance for Tribal Governments
A March 26, 2020, fact sheet that provides additional information about the assistance FEMA can provide to tribal governments as either Recipients or Subrecipients during the nationwide COVID-19 emergency. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Resources for Native Arts & Cultural Activities
A guide from the National Endowment for the Arts that provides information to connect Native communities to resources that can sustain and invigorate arts and cultural heritage initiatives

COVID-19 NATHPO Operations & THPO Status Updates
Guidance for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, including a template letter to federal, state, and industry contacts regarding office status and a link to ACHP guidance on Section 106 timelines. National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

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Resources for Emergency Managers

See also Federal and Global Guidance and Dashboards for Situational Awareness.

COVID-19: Maps, resources, and insights
Esri is supporting its users and the community at large with location intelligence, geographic information system (GIS) and mapping software, services, and materials that people are using to help monitor, manage, and communicate the impact of the outbreak.

IAEM Global COVID-19 Resources & News
Resources that include federal guidance, recorded webinars, a portal with the latest trending illness information on the COVID-19 outbreak, and news and resources by geographic region. International Association of Emergency Managers

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Resources for Extension Educators

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative multi-state effort by Cooperative Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters. EDEN's mission is to reduce the impact of disasters through research-based education.

Current Situation: COVID-19
Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and applicable public health agencies, EDEN is gathering information to ready their Extension educators to help address concerns within the communities they serve. Extension Disaster Education Network

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Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries
Information about preparing for a pandemic, including library-specific policy suggestions and more universal resources on pandemic education, prevention, and preparation. American Library Association

Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template
Guidance to assist organizations in developing a Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations plan or, if the organization already has a continuity plan, a Pandemic Influenza Annex. Includes general guidance and sample information for reference to help tailor Pandemic Influenza Continuity plans to meet specific organizational needs and requirements. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Using Scenarios to Plan Your Museum’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response
Guidance from the Center for the Future of Museums blog on using scenarios as a tool to map your way forward in the coming days and weeks. American Alliance of Museums

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Reopening Guidance and Best Practices

Please note: The information provided in these resources should not be interpreted as legal advice, nor should it supersede any orders or directives from local, state, or federal officials.

Long-Term Closure Re-Entry Checklist for Cultural Institutions and Collections Care Stewards (Added 5/13/20)
A checklist that can be customized and adapted based on the capacity of staff and resources available at your individual institution. Includes three scenarios to help you work through planning. Curae Collections Care and Newfields

MNHS Historic/Adjunct Properties Workplace Enhanced Cleaning Guidance for COVID-19 (Added 5/13/20)
Guidelines from Facilities & Risk Management for staff and contracted cleaning service providers at the Minnesota Historical Society. Adapted from guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Administration, Facilities Management Division, to be utilized at all Minnesota state agencies.

SAFER: Safe Actions for Employee Returns (Added 5/13/20)
A framework based on review of dozens of corporate and public health protocols, recommendations, and guidance resources, representing a map of the key areas around which corporate and public policy leaders are taking action, as well as the operations types in play. Will be the basis from which SAFER will build its recommendations for a safe return to and continuation of work. National Safety Council

Suggested PPE Chart (Added 6/5/20)
A chart with a breakdown of recommended PPE for different working scenarios at cultural institutions. These are suggestions of PPE for organizations to reference and consider, but do not constitute requirements. Art Services Worker Safety

Recommendations for Library Services During The Covid-19 Pandemic (Added 4/28/20)
In order to assist with the difficult decisions that Georgia’s public libraries will have to make about appropriate levels of service and staffing during Covid-19, the Regents Public Library Advisory Council (RPLAC) has created a Pandemic Service Level Chart to guide libraries in deciding how to implement phased expansion of services. Also included are recommendations on creating a Pandemic Task Force, recommendations for safely handling library materials, and a Pandemic Service and Staffing Plan Template, which systems may use to create their own plans. Regents Public Library Advisory Council (RPLAC) with Georgia Public Library Services

National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening (Added 5/4/20)
Steps that the federal government, working with the states and public-health and health care partners, can take to inform the transition to reopening in different regions of the country. They also suggest measurable milestones for identifying when we can make these transitions. American Enterprise Institute

Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors (Added 5/4/20)
An assessment of the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in a variety of organizations and settings that have been closed during the period in which physical distancing and mitigation measures have been put in place. Steps are outlined to reduce potential transmission during the reopening of these organizations and settings, building on the proposed phased approach from the National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening. Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Recommendations for the Conservation of Museum Collections (Added 5/11/20)
A series of “pandemic guidelines” prepared by the ICOM International Committee for Conservation on how to deal with conservation during the emergency, putting employee safety first. International Council of Museums

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide (Added 5/18/20)
Addresses health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers. The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first. Event Safety Alliance

Federal Guidance

Resuming Business Toolkit (Added 6/5/20)
Designed to assist employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and lowering the impact in their workplace when reintegrating employees into non-healthcare business settings. Includes a Restart Readiness Checklist, a Worker Protection Tool, and additional Resources. Also available as a PDF. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (Added 4/28/20)
Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility (Added 4/28/20)
Everyday steps, steps when someone is sick, and considerations for employers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maintaining or Restoring Water Quality in Buildings with Low or No Use (Added 5/13/20)
EPA recommends that building owners and managers take proactive steps to protect public health by minimizing water stagnation during closures and taking action to address building water quality prior to reopening. Includes guidance and a checklist. Environmental Protection Agency

COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season (Added 5/21/20)
To help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters while continuing to respond to and recover from coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance can also be used by private sector and non-governmental organizations to gain an understanding of the government’s posture, planning and readiness efforts. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Opening Up America Again (Added 5/4/20)
The three-phased approach by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control based on public health and scientific indicators.

FEMA Fact Sheet (4/30/20): Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Added 5/4/20)
Planning for resumption of operations requires expertise and coordination from the entire organization and coordination with partners and stakeholders throughout the community. This fact sheet builds upon the White House guidelines for Opening Up America Again by providing further reconstitution planning recommendations for state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector stakeholders. Federal Emergency Management Agency

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