COVID-19 Response Plan

TMA COVID-19 Response Plan

(Updated July 7, 2021)

Following local and state COVID-19 mandate changes, the Tampa Museum of Art is no longer requires the use of facemasks to visit indoor galleries and leaves the decision of mask usage up to each individual for their own safety and the safety of others. The Museum requests that all visitors, staff, and volunteers respect each individual’s decisions on how to keep themselves safe from COVID-19, and asks that any individuals who choose not to wear a mask continue to follow social distancing practices while inside the Museum.

After a thorough inspection of the Tampa Museum of Art in 2020, Tampa General Hospital awarded the Museum the TGH Prevention Response Outreach Seal of Approval, and the Museum continues implementing expert recommendations for cleanliness to lower the risks of viral transmission.

Infection Prevention Approval from the Tampa General Hospital and USF Health TPRO TGH Prevention Response Outreach

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County, the Florida Department of Health, and its partners developed a comprehensive vaccination distribution program to ensure that all residents are protected against the COVID-19. For more information, visit Hillsborough County’s COVID-19 Information Page.

Guest and Employee Health:

  • The CDC and the Museum require those with symptoms of COVID-19 to seek immediate health care. Employees and guests are instructed to stay at home if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any know symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We will advise and/or assist staff or guests who exhibit any signs or symptoms of a medical emergency in seeking medical treatment immediately, calling 911 and/or being admitted into the emergency room. All medical emergencies must be reported to security immediately. The following is a list from the Department of Health and Human Resources that is comprised of warning signs and symptoms indicating a possible medical emergency:
    • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath;
    • Difficulty speaking;
    • Sudden face drooping;
    • Chest or upper abdominal pressure or pain;
    • Seizure;
    • Confusion and/or Disorientation;
    • Any sudden or severe pain;
    • Uncontrolled bleeding;
    • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
    • Coughing or vomiting.
    • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness.
  • The CDC and the Museum encourage those that have come into contact with someone recently that tested positive for COVID-19 to stay at home, self-quarantine for 14 days, and wear facemasks when it is necessary to be in public.

Safety Protocols:

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed at all identified entrances to spaces and key public contact areas. Hand sanitizers do not replace hand washing and both are encouraged throughout the day regularly.
  • A station at the second-floor stairwell landing near the passenger elevator will carry tissues, gloves, and protective disposable masks guests can use. A small trash bin will be located near the station for depositing of refuse and will be emptied at every shift change of the VEERs.

Food and Beverage Guidelines:

  • All guidelines set by the Florida and Hillsborough County Department of Health and Department of Business and Professional Regulation will be followed as well as those guidelines outlined by the Tampa Museum of Art.
  • All dining tables, chairs, and touchpoints are to be sanitized after each use.
  • Kitchens and food areas are to be deep cleaned during the day and sanitized at least twice a day.
  • Until further notice, all food items will be served in sealable and recyclable to-go containers.
  • All condiments and utensils will be provided as individually wrapped or packaged.