Rise in COVID Cases Close DC Museums

(Washington, DC) — All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closing in Washington, DC amid the rise of coronavirus case numbers across the U.S. At the start of the pandemic, the museums were closed from March until September when eight facilities were gradually re-opened. The Smithsonian Institution announced the eight facilities that had reopened will close on Monday. The Institution did not announce a reopening date, citing “the changing nature of the situation.” The Institution says they will use the time to explore additional risk-mitigation measures. The National Gallery of Art will temporarily close on saturday, november 21st.