Richmond Times-Dispatch

Smithsonia­n closing museums, zoo again

- — Fromwire reports

WASHINGTON— In response to rising COVID19 infection numbers, the Smithsonia­n Institutio­n is indefinite­ly shutting down operations at all its facilities, effective Monday and affecting seven museums, plus the National Zoo.

The Smithsonia­n said in a statement that its “top priority is to protect the health and safety of its visitors and staff.” No reopening date is scheduled.

The decision comes at a time of rising speculatio­n over whether the District of Columbia will tighten virus restrictio­ns in the face of a nationwide spike. Local figures, both for the number of new positive tests and the government’s preferred metric of a seven-day rolling average per 100,000, are at their highest point since May.

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