The Smithsonian Institute mentioned Thursday it is going to shutter its eight museums within the Washington, D.C., space in addition to the National Zoo as COVID-19 circumstances spike throughout the nation.
The institute, which runs museums together with the National Air and House Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, mentioned it isn’t saying a reopening date for the services presently.
“The Establishment’s high precedence is to defend the well being and security of its guests and workers. We are going to use this time to reassess, monitor and discover further risk-mitigation measures,” the institute mentioned in a press release saying the closures.
“We’re carefully monitoring steering from native governments, public well being officers and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention,” it added.
The announcement comes on the identical day the CDC issued its strongest warning but relating to journey forward of the Thanksgiving vacation subsequent week.
“Journey might improve your probability of getting and spreading COVID-19. Suspending journey and staying house is one of the simplest ways to defend your self and others this 12 months,” the company mentioned within the tips launched Thursday.
The CDC additionally instructed Individuals masks up for his or her Thanksgiving festivities and discover out if hospitals the place they plan to journey are “overwhelmed with sufferers who’ve COVID-19.”