COVID-19 Protection Concept Museum Tinguely, Basel

as per 6 June 2020
The Protection Concept will be regularly updated in line with the latest scientific findings and operational factors.

The health and safety of its staff and visitors are of paramount importance to Museum Tinguely. This Protection Concept governs how we intend to operate after Switzerland’s lockdown has ended, the rules that will apply inside the museum and how these will be implemented in practice.

All the COVID-19 Recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) shall apply at Museum Tinguely. Especially important here are the following:
1. Hand hygiene: Wash your hands with water and soap or use disinfectant.
2. Social distancing: The recommended distance of 2 metres shall apply during visits to the museum. Groups that visit the museum individually must also observe social distancing.
3. Please sneeze or cough into your elbow and if you feel unwell: Stay at home!
4. People at especially high risk are asked not to visit the museum at present so as not to endanger themselves.
5. Guided tours, or workshops and other events can take place as long as social distancing rules can be observed or the contact details of all participants are known.

1. Hand hygiene

Visitors are asked to disinfect their hands on arrival or to wash their hands with water and soap in the bathrooms on the first floor. Staff are asked to do the same both on arrival and before and after every break.

There will be no flyers or brochures laid out for visitors to take. Visitors will instead be given a museum flyer with their ticket.

Display copies of catalogues and books will be removed both from the museum itself.

Visitors are asked to use contact-free means of payment.

Visitors in the shop are kindly asked to touch only those items they intend to purchase.

Headphones will be replaced by loudspeakers; touchscreens will be cleaned after each use.

For the works that are operated by hand: Visitors are kindly asked to disinfect their hands before and after each use.


2. Social distancing

Ticket desk staff will be separated from visitors by a plexiglas screen.

Visitors are kindly asked to observe the safe distance floor markers in front of the ticket desk and for the waiting lines.

No more than 224 people (visitors and staff) are allowed in the museum at any one time:
No more than
5 in the entrance area
7 in the shop
12 in the Barca / gangway with view on the Rhine (room 1)
28 on the first floor (rooms 2–5)
36 on the second floor (rooms 6–9)
22 on the lower level (rooms 10–13)
6 in the room with Méta-Harmonie II (room 12)
60 in the exhibition «Amuse-bouche» (rooms 14–16)
42 in the large hall, Grosse Méta-Maxi-Maxi-Utopia (rooms 17–18)
12 in the lecture theatre, incl. Mengele Death Dance (rooms 19–20)

All visitors are kindly requested to observe the recommended distance of 2 metres apart throughout their visit. This also applies to the seating provided.


3. Events, guided tours, workshops

Events (up to 300 participants), guided tours and workshops (up to 20 participants) are possible:
- if the social distancing rules (2 m apart/10 m2 per person) can be observed,or,
- if this is not possible (e.g. guided tours with min. 4 m2 per person), if the contact details (first and last name, telephone no., date and time) of all participants are known (or at least those of the teacher or leader for school parties or groups).
- Different protection concepts will be defined for the different tour and workshop formats, the implementation of which shall be the responsibility of the guide or art educator responsible. 
- Every event above and beyond a guided tour or workshop will have its own special protection concept that visitors can view at the ticket desk.
- Museum Tinguely shall designate a person to be responsible for the implementation of the protection concept for every event above and beyond a guided tour or workshop.
- Events with seating: rows to be spaced one metre apart with one free chair between individuals / couples / families or groups from the same household.
Museum Tinguely shall protect the contact data collected against unauthorized access and destroy them after 14 days.


4. Cleaning

Cleaning crews shall be equipped with personal protective equipment (gloves, poss. masks) and suitable cleaning products.
Frequently touched surfaces shall be regularly disinfected.


5. People at especially high risk

Visitors who belong to an at-risk group are kindly asked not to visit to the museum at present. It is their responsibility to be conscious of their vulnerability and act accordingly.
Museum staff who belong to an at-risk group shall continue to work from home or in back office and shall be protected against potential risks.


6. People with COVID-19 at the workplace

Employees who feel unwell shall stay at home and self-isolate in compliance with BAG regulations. The cantonal medical services must be informed.
Even people with only minor symptoms of COVID-19 must consult their family physician for testing.


7. Special work situations

Staff may wear a mask at work if they wish.