Smithsonian And Other Museums Closing Again Due To COVID Cases : Coronavirus Updates

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 22, 2020

The museums had just reopened in September with reduced capacity.

"Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Monday", the renowned Smithsonian Institute said in a statement.

"The Institution's top priority is to protect the health and safety of its visitors and staff. We will use this time to reassess, monitor and explore additional risk-mitigation measures", the Smithsonian said in its news release. No reopening date was announced. Almost all Denver museums, including the Clyfford Still Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, are performing mandated closures today, though the Denver Museum of Art will remain open, having received a variance from the state.

Coronavirus cases are spiking nationwide and D.C. health officials on Thursday reported the seven-day average daily case rate per 100,000 people is 22.1, and the rate of transmission is 1.29, both of which are in the "red" zone of reopening phases.

The Smithsonian Institution has 19 museums, nine research centers, and many affiliates around the world.

Other re-closings announced this week include The National Gallery of Art in D.C., The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. "We have not had any infections of staff, which means our safety protocols are working", the Smithsonian's secretary, Lonnie G. Bunch III, told The Washington Post at the time.

The Smithsonian said visitors who had reserved timed-entry tickets would be contacted directly.

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