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Vikash Sharma

New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar: The Ministry of Culture on Thursday issued a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for re-opening of Museums, Art Galleries and Exhibitions on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19.

Museums, Art Galleries and Exhibitions are now allowed to re-open from November 10, 2020 with strict compliance of COVID-19 norms.

The SOP has been issued based on the Unlock 5.0 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after taking into consideration suggestions received from various stakeholders in the culture and creative industry.

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.
As per the official notification, no museums and/or art galleries shall re-open inside containment zones. Further, State/UT Governments 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, State/UT Governments, etc. shall be strictly complied with during all activities and operations, the notification read.

These guidelines shall come into effect immediately, and shall continue to be in effect until further orders. While the museums, exhibitions and art galleries under Ministry of Culture would be reopened from November 10, 2020 onwards, others can be reopened as per convenience and in tune with relevant State/city /local laws, rules and regulations/unlock guidelines in force.

All museums and art galleries under administrative control of Ministry of Culture were closed since March 17, 2020. Since the festive season is round the corner, it has been decided to reopen all museums, art galleries and exhibitions with effect from November 10 so that the public can once again enjoy exploring rich cultural heritage of India.

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