Coronavirus resources


Update – 12 April – reopening businesses and venues in England

In England:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions (which includes zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • Museums and galleries in England must stay closed.
  • Museum restaurants and cafes can open for takeaway only, provided they are in a self-contained unit, and it is possible for a member of the public to enter the premises from a place outside the premises used for the closed business.

Click here to see the government reopening guidance>>

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: From 12 April, travel between Wales and England is allowed. Non-essential shops can re-open. 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