The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City announced today that it will close all three locations temporarily starting tomorrow, March 13, to support the city's effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The MET will undertake a thorough cleaning during the closure.
Museum staff has been preparing for this possibility for several weeks.
Daniel H. Weiss, President and CEO of the Museum, stated, “The Met’s priority is to protect and support our staff, volunteers, and visitors, and we have been taking several proactive precautionary measures, including discouraging travel to affected areas, implementing rigorous cleaning routines, and staying in close communication with New York City health officials and the Centers for Disease Control.
He added that the MET staff does not have any confirmed cases at this time.