On April 17, 2020 the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education released a public recommendation to gradually lift the isolation measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council of Ministers also released a public statement on April 30, 2020, authorizing the reopening of museums, monuments, castles, art galleries, and public cultural spaces, as long as this is done with reduced maximum capacity and enforcing social distancing. Accordingly, the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) releases to the public its own contingency plan for the safe reopening of its facilities to the public.
The guidelines in this plan were written in agreement with the University of Porto’s ‘Recommendations for the resumption of in person activities’, which can be found at up.pt/covid-19.
These guidelines are to be used on a flexible basis, which is to say they can be subject to revisions and updates in accordance with government instructions, as well as with any requirements made by the University of Porto’s managing bodies and Task Force for COVID-19. They can also be subject to changes due to potential conflicts or issues that might arise as the plan is being implemented, so as to ensure the better functioning of any and all these instructions.
The full contingency plan is available at the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto's website.