The largest museum institution in United States, the Smithsonian Institution, announced Thursday that its Washington as well as the city zoo, which it also manages, will be closed again until further notice due to the spike in infections from the covid-19.
“Due to the increase in cases at the regional and national level due to the covid-19 pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the zoo, will temporarily close as of November 23,” the institution reported in a press release.
Washington museums to close due to Covid-19 outbreak
The measure affects eight museums in Washington, including some of the most visited in the country such as the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American History or the National Air and Space Museum.
“As a consequence of the changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a reopening date at this time,” the statement added.
The museums were already closed between March and June in response to the first wave of the pandemic, and reopened in July with reduced hours and attendance limitations, as well as the mandatory use of masks.
United States, the country most affected by the pandemic in the world, has exceeded a quarter of a million deaths from covid-19 while warnings from experts about a probable worsening of the situation due to the proximity of the holiday of Thanksgiving.
These holidays, which take place next week and are the most popular in the country, are the busiest period, as millions of Americans travel to taste the traditional turkey with their families.