Release June 1, 2020 – Covid-19 Kitimat Museum & Archives Protocols

To:       Public

The Kitimat Museum & Archives has opened its doors to the public, but to limited hours, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (subject to change).  Staff have consulted various sources including Work Safe BC directives for arts and cultural facilities and retail services, the Province of BC for child care service providers, the BC Ministry of Education, School District 82, the Association of Canadian Archivists, and the BC Municipal Association.  By following these sources, Museum staff have set in place health and safety measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.  The following protocols are key:

  • Open only limited hours 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and remain closed Saturdays until July.
  • Staff on-site is reduced – one staff member on each floor of the Museum, to serve visitors. Other staff continue to work remotely to meet physical distancing protocol for a small space.
  • A plastic barrier has been installed on the main floor reception desk for museum visitor and staff safety. An additional barrier is installed in the second-floor office for research appointments.
  • Staff are instructed to ensure thorough cleaning of equipment use (debit machine) and all high touch surfaces (desk and gift shop surfaces, door knobs, handles, disabled access pads, light switches, bathroom fixtures, railings, and the lift when open) with approved disinfecting supplies at opening/closing, and throughout the day.
  • The number of customers and staff entering and leaving the Museum is monitored. All visitors will use the hand sanitizing station upon entering the Museum.  All visitors are asked to stay home if sick.
  • Family groups of up to six will be directed to stay together inside the Museum, and visitors not in a group will be directed to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from others.
  • Vulnerable visitors (seniors and others at high risk) can call the Museum to arrange an appointment in the Museum during closed hours.
  • Staff will wear masks only when assisting Museum visitors when physical distance cannot be maintained. If staff remain behind the physical barrier, the use of a non-medical mask or face covering is not required.
  • Gift shop customers are asked to reduce their stock handling to only items purchased. Staff will provide handling and packaging items.
  • The Museum encourages tap payment over pin pad use and money exchange.
  • The Museum provides gift shop purchase packaging as required.
  • The washroom is well stocked with liquid soap and paper towels. Staff will clean regularly throughout the day.
  • Signs promoting public health measures such as physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene are present in visible areas

Stay tuned!  Summer programs will occur in July and August.  A survey will soon be posted outlining protocols being followed by Museum summer program staff and ask for feedback from parents.  Parents can identify whether their children will attend programs on-site this summer.  Protocols include physical distancing by reducing the number of participants and instructors, instructors wearing masks, holding workshops during closed hours, disinfecting daily shared equipment, leading the participants in no touching rules, and following safe practices in coughing/sneezing.  Parents will monitor their children for signs of illness and will keep those sick home.

The Kitimat Museum & Archives acknowledges that we are on the traditional and ancestral territories of the Haisla people.