The Metropolitan Museum of Art saw to the temporary closing of all three of their New York City locations on 13 March. The closing of the Met Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer, and the Met Cloisters  took place as NYC saw a rise in COVID-19 cases.

This week, The Met announces that talks of reopening the museum in August are underway. This makes them the first major museum to announce reopening along with major safety guidelines.

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Details regarding the reopening

The authorities prefer to reopen in the middle of August or the weeks after that. Despite talks to reopen the museum, cancelation all events of 2020 including the Met Gala is seen.

Along with the cancelation of events, tours or talks will not take place for the rest of the year. Reopening could mean that the museum will have to ensure a capacity limit on the number of visitors.

Social distancing practices are a must for the visitors and the staff as clustering around popular exhibits could mean the spread of the virus.

Hurricane Sandy and 9/11 were the only two occasions on which the museum saw to its closing.

A statement

The president and chief executive of the Met, Daniel H. Weiss speaks of the number of challenges the Met has endured in the past 150 years. Weiss believes in the capabilities of the institution to carry on and act as a beacon of light and hope.

The Met will celebrate its successful run of 150 years this year and authorities plan of celebrating nonetheless. The public will witness the signature anniversary exhibition; Making The Met, 1870-2020.

In New York State, seven regions have reopened and the number of deaths is below 115 a day. As restrictions are relaxing, August is a realistic time to reopen several institutions.

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