Metropolitan Museum of Art to close because of coronavirus

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New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art reported Thursday it is shutting to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The closure starts Friday 13 and influences the Met’s main location on Fifth Avenue, the Met Breuer, and the Met Cloisters. The museum didn’t give a reopening date.

“While we don’t have any confirmed cases connected to the Museum, we believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community, which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible,” Met chief Daniel Weiss said in a statement.

The museum had been taking preemptive measures against the virus, including discouraging travel to influenced zones, actualizing thorough cleanings and working with city health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as per Weiss. He said the museum had been getting ready for the chance of closure and built up an operational arrangement that is currently set up. The plan incorporates provisions to help the museum’s salaried and hourly staff.

The museum said it has shut for two days just twice previously: after 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Weiss said the museum will report its next steps right on time one week from now.

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