New Delhi: The Ministry of Culture on Thursday issued detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the re-opening of the Museums, Art Galleries and the Exhibitions from November 10.
The SOPs on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID are based on Unlock 5 guidelines of MHA taking into consideration various suggestions by the stakeholders in the culture and creative industry, an official release said.
These guidelines contain Standard Operating Procedures to be followed by the management of museums, art galleries and exhibitions (both temporary and permanent), as well as the visitors to these spaces. Comprehensive guidelines have been issued for adequate cleaning, purchase of tickets and for ensuring safety of visitors and staff at museums, exhibitions and art galleries.
According to the Ministry, it is clarified that no museums and art galleries shall re-open inside containment zones and further on the State governments and UT administration concerned may consider proposing additional measures as per their field assessment.
The National Directives for COVID-19 Management and the relevant guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and State/UT Governments shall be strictly complied with during all activities and operations.
These guidelines shall come into effect immediately, and shall continue to be in effect until further orders, the release added.
While the museums, exhibitions and art galleries under Ministry of Culture would be re-opened from November 10 onwards, and others can be re-opened as per convenience and in tune with relevant State, city and their local laws, rules and regulations regarding the unlock guidelines that are in force.