New York City's museums gradually reopening

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Museum of Modern Art in New York City reopened to the general public on Thursday, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art allowed members to enter the same day, with the latter allowing all visitors starting Saturday and The Met Cloisters fully reopening on Sept. 12.

The museums were closed in March as the COVID-19 pandemic severely hit New York City. Under new regulations, the museums have implemented a series of precautions including temperature checks prior to entering the buildings, the installation of hand sanitizer dispensers, mandating masks, limiting attendance to a quarter of capacity, and closing food courts.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that museums could reopen as soon as Aug. 24, at 25 percent capacity and with timed ticketing in place. Face coverings will be necessary and museums will be required to control the flow of traffic through their halls.

The American Museum of Natural History plans to reopen to the public on Sept. 9, and the Whitney Museum of American Art plans to reopen on Sep. 3. Other institutions need a bit more time.

New York was once the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States, though it has recently seen significantly reduced infection rates and has been gradually reopening its economy.

Other cultural institutions in the city, including Broadway theaters, the Metropolitan Opera House and New York Philharmonic, have ruled out reopening until at least the end of the year.

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