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Museums and galleries

Resources and guidance for developing a COVID Safety Plan for your museum or gallery.

Be COVID Safe. Stay in business.

How many people are allowed

Full details are provided in the physical distancing section of the COVID-19 Safety Plan.


Activity at a museum or gallery Maximum capacity summary
Attendance Capacity must not exceed one visitor per 4 square metres of space (excluding staff).
Tours A maximum of 30 visitors per group may participate in a tour in a gallery or museum.


COVID-19 Safety Plans are mandatory

Under Public Health Orders all museums and galleries must complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan. This also applies to venues operated by  the National Trust and the Historic Houses Trust.

Museums and galleries should also consider the benefits of registering as COVID Safe.

Complete the plan in consultation with staff, then share it with them.

Keep your plan up to date

You may need to update the plan in the future, as restrictions and advice changes.

You will need to have an up to date plan at your premises at all times and be able to show it to an authorised officer if requested.

Your COVID-19 Safety Plan

You can either:

  • use the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan to address the checklist of matters for your museum or gallery
  • keep using your existing plan, if you have one, after making sure it includes all the items in the provided COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan


Things to note:

Register as a COVID Safe business

If you've completed your COVID-19 Safety Plan, you can register as COVID Safe.

Register as a COVID Safe business

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