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COVID-19 Pandemic

We compiled the following resources to assist conservators and collections care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, we advise you to follow the advice of federal, state, and local public health officials.

Collection Care


  • #covidcollectionscare
    Twitter hashtag started by the National Endowment for the Humanities used “for resources and information regarding what cultural heritage practitioners can do to mitigate and secure collections during pandemic for all aspects of collection care."


Emergency Plans/Disaster Preparedness

Preparing an Institution for Closure or Reopening

  • Closing a Museum for the Winter
    Guide from the Canadian Conservation Institute that includes a checklist for closing a museum for an extended period of time. 
  • Long-Term Closure Re-Entry Checklist for Cultural Institutions and Collections Care Stewards
    Checklist template, developed by Rebecca Kennedy, Curae Collections Care, LLC, and Anne Young, Newfields, for staff and public re-entry into an institution following long-term closure.
  • Reopening Museums: A Planning Tool PDF
    Checklist of ideas developed by Adrian Ellis, AEA Consulting and Global Cultural Districts Network, and András Szántó, András Szántó LLC, for museums to consider when re-opening, including considerations for staff safety and mental health.
  • REALM Project
    Our partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, OCLC (a non-profit global library cooperative), and Battelle (a non-profit scientific research organization) to evaluate and develop guidelines for reopening collections on the safe handling of materials, training, and cleaning.
  • Reopening: Guidance for Museums and Collecting Institutions
    Created by the Museum & Cultural Heritage Industry Working Group of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and part of the AIHA's Back to Work Safely initiative, focused on addressing the unique issues associated with cultural heritage collections. This resource will be updated as conditions and regulations change and with feedback from organizations as they begin to reopen.


Individuals & Small Businesses

Health & Safety

  • Facemasks and Virus Protection PDF
    Explanation of our Health & Safety Committee's recommendation against making your own face mask or wear a surgical face mask to protect yourself against coronavirus infection.
  • Back to Work Safely
    Site sponsored by AIHA that features expert, industry-specific guidance for both businesses and consumers to safely re-open and re-engage as they emerge from the COVID-19 quarantines.
  • The links offer specific, easy-to-follow, science-based recommendations for limiting the transmission of the coronavirus while operating a wide variety of businesses, including restaurants, retail outlets, and hair and nail salons.
  • These guidelines were developed for those smaller business that don't have readily available occupational health and safety resources.
  • We encourage employers, employees, and customers to carefully read and implement as many of the recommendations contained in the guidance document provided for your industry as possible.

Small Business Assistance

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is making low interest loans, up to $2 million dollars, available to nonprofits and small businesses to recover from economic injury from coronavirus.
  • COVID-19 Resources Blog Post
    Post from our blog with information to connect you to small business assistance, mental health support, information about unemployment benefits, and volunteer opportunities.