Masks now required at CMHR

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A woman wearing a black face mask stands in front of a museum exhibit consisting of red dresses hanging in front of a woodland background.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen*

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Effective today, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) requires face masks to be worn by everyone on its premises, including visitors, staff and volunteers.

Exceptions will be made for those under the age of five and for people who cannot wear face masks due to medical conditions. Visitors who read lips will be accommodated.

Visitors should arrive wearing their own masks, which must securely cover both nose and mouth. However, complimentary disposable masks are also available at the Main Entrance in both adult and child sizes. A variety of unique, re‐usable cloth masks are also for sale in the Museum’s Boutique.

This measure has been introduced to help reduce the spread of COVID‐19. However, masks do not replace precautions such as social distancing at least two metres, frequent hand washing, and following proper coughing etiquette.

The CMHR re‐opened June 17, after closing for three months during the first phase of the pandemic. As a 24,000-square-metre facility with seven gallery levels, the Museum is a large and airy space where social distancing can be effectively practiced. Cleaning and sanitation processes have been enhanced. Visitors and staff are asked to complete Manitoba's COVID‐19 online screening tool before arrival and will not be admitted if they answer “yes” to any questions. More information is available on the Museum’s website.

Most exhibits remain open, with much to explore and learn. The Israel Asper Tower of Hope is also open with a limited capacity. However, touch screens and hands‐on interactives features are not available and there are no guided tours. Visitors can download the Museum’s mobile app to enjoy a self‐guided experience.

The CMHR also continues to offer rich online experiences for people who prefer virtual visits – including tours, films, exhibits, educational resources and opportunities to share stories. Outside, people can enjoy a temporary exhibition called ARTiculate Our Rights that runs until October 31 (weather permitting) featuring art by Manitoba youth about the future of human rights. The exhibition includes 26 artworks displayed on 13 large, outdoor installations located throughout The Forks.

*Museum CEO Isha Khan wears a mask in the Canadian Journeys gallery. Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen. (Background:The REDress Project by Jaime Black, 2014 — installation at CMHR; Untitled by Sheila Spence, 2014.)

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