The Smithsonian Institute just announced it will be closing all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo starting Monday. The move is a direct response to the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the Washington, DC, area and the country.
This will be the second time the museums have closed to the public this year. Both the museums and the zoo closed in March and had a limited reopening in September.
The Smithsonian did not announce a planned date to reopen.
A press release issued by the Institute Thursday said, "Visitors who had reserved timed-entry passes to visit at a future date are being contacted directly."
The US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, also announced it would shut its doors on Monday.