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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) is fluid and continually evolving. This page will be regularly reviewed. This page was last reviewed on 18/03/2020.

18 March 2020

The governments of the UK and Ireland have moved out of the contain phase and into delay, in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. 

The most up-to-date press releases can be found below:

UK Government - COVID-19: Government announces moving out of contain phase and into delay

Government of Ireland – Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

Measures announced by the Government of Ireland include the closure of museums, galleries and tourism sites.

The NI Museums Council is gathering information on the impact of Covid-19 on the local museum sector. Please keep us informed about current and potential issues that you are facing.  Contact or call 028 9055 0215. 



Medical and Wellbeing Advice

We recommend that all our members regularly check the Public Health Agency and the HSENI websites.

For local government and National Trust museum employees, advice is available from your employer and trade union.  


Independent Museums

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has provided very helpful advice for independent museums – check out the practical guide for charity finance professional and the business resilience checklist.


Business Continuity Advice

We recommend that your review your business continuity plan and make appropriate changes and initiate mitigating actions.


UK Museums Association

The Museums Association has met with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to outline the impact on museum, gallery and the heritage sectors. 


Irish Museums Association (IMA)

The IMA has produced helpful guidance for the museum sector in a number of areas including programming and collections management.