After two-month shutdown, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is reopening this weekend

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

In a bold move after a two-month shutdown, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) announced today that it plans to reopen its doors on Saturday while adopting precautions to keep visitors spaced far apart to limit contagion from the coronavirus.

Guidelines issued by Texass governor, Greg Abbott, authorised museums to open as of 1 May, but the speed of the states end to lockdown measures has stirred some controversy. Today Abbott extended the states reopening guidelines to include additional businesses like bars, sports and child care.

“This has been a thorough process, one that considers many variables and takes into account state and city guidelines, close coordination with City Hall and Houston Museum District colleagues, and ongoing discussions with our own staff and museum peers around the world,” the museum says in a statement. “We recognise that circumstances may change at any moment. But we remain hopeful that we will be able to serve our public under the safest possible conditions and under new norms, ones to which Houstonians across the city are already becoming accustomed.”

In addition to its main campus, the reopening involves the museums house satellites, the Rienzi and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

According to its website, the museum is instituting safeguards like requiring staff members and visitors older than two years to wear face masks, taking temperature checks of visitors before they can enter the galleries, mandating social distancing of a minimum of six feet, eliminating cash transactions, keeping the café closed and strongly encouraging the purchase of advance timed-entry tickets online so the museum can abide by new limits on visitor capacity. Coat checks and water fountains will not be available.

A single entrance will be open on the main campus at the museums Audrey Jones Beck Building, and social-distancing markers will be in place at the entrance and elsewhere. Acrylic panels will be in place at the admissions desk and at the cashiers station in the museums shop. Employees will open and close the doors for visitors to foster a touch-free environment. Public events and tours are still suspended.

In an interview last month, the MFAHs director, Gary Tinterow, noted that the museums income from admissions, memberships, restaurant and faciRead More – Source