Eight institutions in D.C. will suffer from the second wave of the Corona Virus. The Smithsonian Museums and National Zoo are going to be temporarily close, beginning Monday, Nov. 23.
The National Museum of American History, the Renwick Gallery, The National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Zoo.
The most main and major priority of these institutions is to shield the health of their staff and visitors. The Smithsonian might as well use this time to do some reassess and explore additional risk-mitigation measures.
Visitors who have purchased timed passes will be contacted directly by the museums regarding refunds. However, the Smithsonian’s online collections still give access to people who’d like to visit virtually, while the museums are closed.
Based on the mayor’s website 245 new cases were reported. This is the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases since the breakout in March in D.C. There are new restrictions for nursing homes, bars, and restaurants, gyms, stores, and churches which will be executed on Friday.
According to the data that Johns Hopkins University has released, the U.S. has reported more than 11.7 million coronavirus cases with more than 252500 deaths.
Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise in many countries around the globe. This has made governments to take precautions and shut down nearly all of the social institutions and places once again. Ireland is the first European country to take a nation-wide shutdown as cases arise. The UK and France are both under new lockdown restrictions, as well. This second wave was predicted and yet it seems all the measures taken before were not enough.