COVID-19 / Protection Concept Museum Tinguely, Basel

as per 24 November 2020
The Protection Concept is regularly updated in line with the latest scientific findings and operational factors.

The health and safety of 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 1.5 metres shall apply during visits to the museum. Groups that visit the museum individually must also observe social distancing.
3. Wear a protective mask.
4. Please sneeze or cough into your elbow and if you feel unwell: Stay at home!
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.

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 477 people (visitors and staff) are allowed in the museum at any one time under normal circumstances:

No more than
12 in the entrance area
18 in the shop
32 in the Barca / gangway with view on the Rhine (room 1)
70 on the first floor (rooms 2–5)
90 on the second floor (rooms 6–9)
55 on the lower level (rooms 10–13)
10 in the room with Méta-Harmonie II (room 12)
150 in the special exhibition (rooms 14–16)
107 in the large hall, Grosse Méta-Maxi-Maxi-Utopia (rooms 17–18)
30 in the lecture theatre, incl. Mengele Death Dance (rooms 19–20)

The limits for each room shall not apply during events. All visitors are kindly requested to observe the recommended distance of 1.5 metres apart throughout their visit. This also applies to the seating provided.


3. Wearing masks

It is compulsory to wear a mask during the entire museum visit.


4. Events, guided tours, workshops

- Events are possible up to 15 participants where social distancing is possible.

- Where social distancing is not possible the participants are required to deposit their contact details (first and last name, telephone no., postal code, date and time). For school groups or other groups the contact details of the teacher or group leader are sufficient.

- Other events shall be subject to a separate protection concept that visitors can view at the ticket desk.

- Museum Tinguely shall protect the contact data collected against unauthorized access and destroy them after 14 days.


5. Cleaning

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


6. People at especially high risk

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.


7. 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.


8. Special work situations

In the museum building, employees wear protective masks while they are in public areas.
For all other areas: Wear masks when encounters are possible.