Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but please check the original source for any updates.
Most of the relevant news is already included in the DCMS Museums & Galleries Sector Coronavirus bulletin published on 12th April – DCMS Bulletin
Anything additional, or updates to the information contained in the DCMS bulletin, is listed below.
Latest government information
Latest information and advice
DCMS have recently published their new GOV.UK guide (Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19)) aimed at members of the public who are currently, or are interested in, volunteering during the pandemic. It sets out clearly, in chapters, everything people need to know to be able to volunteer safely. It includes advice on:
- how restrictions affect volunteering
- travelling safely as a volunteer
- volunteering safely with other people
- finding volunteering opportunities with organisations and groups
- helping others ‘informally’ in your local area
- accessing testing and vaccinations
Track and Trace Update
Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.
The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed.
You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group.
Read the updated government guidance.
For more information on the app, please download the following documents:
1. Hospitality Fact Sheet: Venue Check in Regulation Sheet 1
2. Hospitality Fact Sheet: Venue Check in Regulation Sheet 2
3. NHS App Check-in Info
4. New Venue Alerts Process: A guide for businesses
Health and Safety Executive Guidance – Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions: Returning to work safely – business considerations
Further guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on working safely during the pandemic can be found here.
National Museums Directors Council – Good practice Guidelines for Reopening Updated
NMDC has updated its Good Practice Guidelines for Reopening Museums in the light of recent Government announcements. The tier system has now moved to a step system, with Step 2 beginning on April 12th with the opening of outdoor areas, and Step 3 from May 17th when museums can reopen their buildings.
Arts Council England
National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants are reopened with additional supplementary guidance which applies until 31 August 2021 to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible.
The supplementary guidance
outlines what has changed to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19.
Creative People and Places Fund, 2022-25
ACE’s next round of Creative People and Places funding for 2022-25 will bring the programme into the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of organisations, to support the delivery of their ten-year strategy, Let’s Create.
Creative People and Places focuses on parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average. It provides National Lottery funding to groups of local organisations, or consortia, who work together to bring creative opportunities to the lives of people who live in that place.
For full details, click here
National Lottery Heritage Fund – National Lottery Grants for Heritage
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is now accepting applications again for larger projects (from £100,000 up to £5million) as well as small and medium project funding applications.
Museums Association – COVID-19 Support Scheme
This scheme has been set up to offer grants of £500 to individual MA members whose finances have been significantly affected by the current pandemic. It is open to individual members who have held membership for two or more years and can demonstrate a genuine and measurable need.
Association of Independent Museums
AIM’s Prospering Boards governance support programme is now open to new applications. Whether its reviewing basic good practice or dealing with complex challenges, this programme offers the opportunity to work with an experienced and expert consultant. You can apply for two days of online support and applications will be assessed on a rolling basis for as long as funding remains available.