ENews Alert: Some Ontario Museums Reopening

juin 08, 2020
 

Monday, June 8 Update
 Ontario Museums Reopening

In this eNews Alert you will find:
  1. Museums to reopen with restrictions in parts of Ontario
 
Museums to Reopen with Restrictions in Parts of Ontario
Today, the Ontario government announced that it is moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.

Public health unit regions allowed to move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. include:
  • Algoma Public Health
  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
  • Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Southwestern Public Health
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Timiskaming Health Unit
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

(To check your public health unit, click HERE.)

Attractions & Heritage Institutions

In these regions,
 museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos outdoor heritage institutions (e.g., landmarks, outdoor historic sites, botanical gardens), and other establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value are permitted to reopen with restrictions.

  • Interactive and high-contact exhibits, amusement parks, water parks and conference centres will remain closed in Stage 2.
  • Lockers will remain closed.
  • The opening of commercial areas (e.g., restaurant, cafe, bookshop, giftshop) are subject to the related guidelines and restrictions.
  • Persons in the place of business shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by:
  • Timed entry.
  • A limited number of visitors allowed in a place at one time.
  • Managed visitor flow (e.g., one-way flow).
  • Establishments should consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron's name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.

Small Outdoor Events

Non-essential in-person gatherings of any size continue to be strongly discouraged. Small outdoor events, such as cultural celebrations, animal shows and fundraisers will be permitted in line with gathering-size restrictions, subject to local public health requirements.

Event organizers should have in place measures to enable physical distancing for people when in the event space and while waiting to enter, such as one-way traffic, marked lineup areas, and timed entry and length of stay.

Large outdoor events, such as concerts, large festivals, parades and amusement fairs, are not permitted.

 
To read the full press release, click HERE.
To learn more about each stage and read about reopening in detail click HERE.

READ MORE: A Framework for Reopening Our Province, Government of Ontario, Museums Covered on page 19: HERE.
 

Regions that will move to Stage 2 at a later date:

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Halton Region Public Health
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • Peel Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • York Region Public Health
 
The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

Please contact us with questions at communications@museumsontario.ca. 
 
Government Resources regarding
COVID-19
  • Ontario Ministry of Health dedicated website (updated twice daily): HERE 
    • General COVID-19 Information Sheets (available in multiple languages)HERE
  • Public Health OntarioHERE 
  • Health CanadaHERE
Your local or regional government or health unit websites can also provide local information. 
 
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, including resources on reopening, updated as new information and resources become available.


Read more HERE.

 
The OMA Welcomes Your Support

The OMA is committed to ensuring the stabilization of the sector, and working together with you and the government. Your support at this time is vital as it helps us support all Ontario museums. We invite you to Join or Renew your membership. 

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via ONmuseums and eNews alertsCOVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites, as well as resources for International Museum Day and May is Museum Month/Mai, Mois des Musées. 
 
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: communications@museumsontario.ca or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director
mlalonde@museumsontario.ca