Museums in Kolkata will open today (November 10) after a seven-month closure due to the COVID pandemic. The museums that will be open to the visitors include Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, and Science City.

The COVID-19 pandemic had led to closure of museums worldwide. The museums in Kolkata were closed on March 17 even before the lockdown was announced. Though regular upkeep and internal works were carried out by the staff, museums remained closed to the public during this period.

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On Tuesday (November 10), the museums will reopen in new-normal times and amid strict safety protocols by the Ministry of Culture to check the spread of COVID-19.

Following the guidelines issued by the government, the museums will have to comply with four-point protocols after the reopening. Apart from carrying out the mandatory periodic cleaning and sanitization drives, the museum administration must put up signage and graphics on all floors for visitors’ information, about dos and don’ts, and non-contact mode of operation of all exhibits.

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As per the guidelines, the museum authorities must facilitate hassle-free online purchase of tickets, non-cash payment methods like cards, UPI applications, and mobile wallets. In case of over-the-counter ticket purchasing, UV-c or UV-d sterilizing box will be placed to sterilize the currency notes and printed tickets.

On the basis of the booking of online or over-the-counter ticket purchases, time slots will be given to visitors to avoid overcrowding in each gallery. All visitors must carry an online ticket either in printed or digital form. There will be a gap of 1.5 meters between two visitors following the detailed floor-markers.