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Smithsonian closing museums and zoo again amid virus spike

Virus Outbreak Smithsonian
Posted at 4:30 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 16:30:38-05

WASHINGTON -- In response to rising COVID-19 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 upcoming closures are open-ended, with no reopening date scheduled.

After shuttering all facilities in mid-March, the Smithsonian reopened the National Zoo on a limited basis on July 24, with all indoor buildings closed and timed entry passes to limit crowds.

Since then, Smithsonian officials have gradually opened up other facilities, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of African-American History and Culture.