We have been holding weekly video calls with the sector since March to discuss all the issues arising with the current global pandemic. The agendas of all previous meetings can be found below or navigated in the menu on the left hand-side.
Virtual meeting 1 : March 11th 2020 Coronavirus: Preparedness and Contingency planning for UK Science Centres and Museums
On March 11, ASDC invited all members to take part in a conference call chaired by The ASDC CEO.
This meeting was to share approaches and plans that UK science-based attractions have currently, in relation to Coronavirus, both in terms of health of staff and visitors, and making your organisations financially resilient.
50 members of staff from 30 organisations took part in this call to share knowledge, planning and advice.
The areas covered the following areas:
How is your science centre or museum responding to Coronavirus?
What plans do you have in place to increase protection for your visitors and school children?
How are you protecting your staff and do you have home-working contingency plans in place?
Do you have a list of which of your staff are more vulnerable?
Where are the best sources of the latest advice, science and data?
Will your insurance cover you for significant revenue loss if visitor numbers fall or you need to close to visitors?
How will this affect your organisation's Easter holiday plans?
Have you seen any impact bookings already?
What can we do together and what would help your organisations at a national level?
Are you engaging people with the science of Coronavirus and do you have resources to share?
The following points were discussed by members
Income modelling with the anticipated drop in schools bookings, public visitors and corporate hire events
Business continuity planning
Cancellations of overseas groups and those from further afield
School and event cancellation
Staffing in the event of a shut down
Issues around March 31 2020 and 2021 deadlines
Future planning for larger events
Insurance cover for business disruption due to a pandemic, and the issue around COVID-19 not being on the insurers list of notifiable diseases.
Policies around refunds and re-booking
All centres have for many weeks have been following government and Public Health advice. They have also increased cleaning regimes of their exhibits and centres, and have extra hand-washing facilities / handgel for staff and visitors.
The following organisations took part in the first or other calls: