Coronavirus resources


Update – 10 May – step 3 reopening Monday 17 May:

  • Indoor museums and galleries in England permitted to open with COVID-secure measures.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Indoor gatherings limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Outdoor gatherings limited to 30 people.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including business events.
  • Guidance on meeting family and friends will be updated. The public can make informed, personal decisions on close contact, such as hugging, with their friends and family. Close contact continues to carry a risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, and people must consider the risk to themselves and to others.
  • Social distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.
  • COVID-safe rules remain for the workplace and businesses, such as shops and hospitality.

Click here to see the information on further easing of restrictions from 17 May>>

Click here to see the latest Coronavirus guidance on what you can and cannot do>>

Update – 22 February – The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. 

Government update for England
Indoor museums and galleries will be allowed to reopen in Step 3, which will be no earlier than 17 May.

AIM statement
Whilst outdoor attractions can open at step 2, we understand the considerable disappointment that indoor museums and galleries cannot open until step 3. We’re seeking clarification on the reasoning for this, emphasising the further support and investment needed if our fragile sector loses this vital trading period. Please do get in touch if you need urgent help in the meantime –

Click here to read ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ with the details so far on the roadmap>>

In Wales , Scotland and Northern Ireland different rules apply:

  • Northern Ireland: the lockdown has been extended until at least 5 March. All leisure and entertainment businesses, including museums and galleries will be closed. Click here for more>>
  • Wales: Monday 17 May move to alert level two. Alert level two means indoor visitor attractions can open, including museums, galleries, educational and heritage attractions, and heritage sites such as stately homes. Click here for more>>
  • Scotland: museums and heritage venues can reopen from 26 April. Click here for more>>

We have developed a range of resources and services to support members following the outbreak of COVID-19. These pages are updated on a regular basis.

AIM advocacy

The latest sector news and AIM’s current advocacy position. Find out more here.

Culture Recovery Fund

The second round of the Culture Recovery Fund distributing £400 million has now closed to applications.

In the first round of Culture Recovery Fund £165 million in repayable finance was offered to 11 nationally and internationally significant organisations that demonstrated opportunities to engage local communities through education and outreach programmes. You can read more about this here>>

£58.8 million of capital investment via the Capital Kickstart Fund has been announced, supporting 74 arts organisations. Recipients include Manchester Museum, Towner Art Gallery, Derby Museums, Dorset County Museum, Nottingham Castle Trust, and the Museum of the Home. You can read more about this here>>

Financial support and funding packages: 

UK Gov Financial Support (incl Job Retention Scheme) (updated 6 January)

Visit the AIM grants page for the grants currently open for applications from AIM members, including Tacking Inequalities Hallmark grants, AIM Pilgrim Conservation grants and AIM training grants. Click here to access the grants page>>

Available funding sources >>

Support exclusively for AIM members:

AIM Hallmarks at Home – book your place for an online session>>

HR support for AIM members from The HR Dept>> 

Advice for museums during lockdown and beyond:

AIM Covid-19 Action Checklist 

Business resilience checklist

Good governance in a crisis 

Conservation and care of collections

Insurance FAQs 

How to set up a trading subsidiary

Business Rates latest 

Fundraising top tips

Digital museum – how are you presenting yourself online?

Creating digital content top tips

Useful links

NHS Advice

Public Health England Advice

Reopening Guidance

COVID-19 critical worker status (published 7 January 2021)

Guidance for enabling safe and effective volunteering

NCVO Coronavirus response advice

CFG Finance Advice

Charity Tax Group’s summary of current business support measures 

Mind’s Wellness Action Plans

CIPD Advice for UK employers

Free Employment Law Advice For Business Owners and Employers

Free NCVO e-learning for charities

Charity Commission COVID-19 Guidance