As the coronavirus continues to spread across the Harvard campus and throughout Cambridge, Harvard Art Museums will ask visitors and staff to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test upon entry later this this month.
The policy will take effect at all properties of Harvard Art Museums, which include three museums and four research centers, from September 28, the director of Harvard Art Museums said on Tuesday. Proof of vaccination includes a Centers for Disease Control vaccination card, photo of the card, or a digital vaccination record. If proof of vaccination is not available, visitors will be required to show a negative Covid test taken within the last 72 hours.
Martha Tedeschi, director of art museums, said in a press release that the new policy prioritizes the safety of visitors and staff given the state of the pandemic across the country.
“This new policy will help us provide a safe environment for all of our constituents, as we continue to implement a tiered approach to public health measures,” she said. “We have worked diligently with Harvard to ensure that everyone on campus and inside our buildings is protected to the highest degree possible. “
Once the new policy comes into effect, children under 12 will not be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, but they will need to be accompanied by an adult who can.
The Harvard Art Museums reopened in early September after being closed for 18 months. In March 2020, the Harvard Museums closed their doors along with much of the university’s campus.
When they reopened earlier this month, Harvard Art Museums implemented a series of public health guidelines to protect staff, students and visitors from infection. Museums operate at reduced capacity, forcing visitors to book in advance and implementing mask warrants.
The new policy requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test will complement these existing restrictions.
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