The Met closes in response to spread of coronavirus in New York

The Met, MoMA and Guggenheim close in response to spread of coronavirus in New York

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and Guggenheim museums have closed indefinitely in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the city.

The Met was the first to announce that it will shutter its main building on Fifth Avenue, as well as its and locations, on Friday 13 March.

爱博体育官网"The Met's priority is to protect and support our staff, volunteers, and visitors," said Daniel Weiss, the Met’s president and chief executive in a statement.

The Met to "undertake a thorough cleaning"

爱博体育官网 and the museum revealed shortly after that they too would shut in a bid to maintain the spread of response to outbreaks of COVID-19 coronavirus. New York City had 62 confirmed cases at the time of The Met's announcement.

爱博体育官网The Met, which revealed the news on 12 March, said in a statement that it intends to "undertake a thorough cleaning" of the museum buildings. It added that the closures are expected to last for several weeks.

According to , The Met had two members of staff who showed symptoms of the virus, although neither have been confirmed.

爱博体育官网"While we don't have any confirmed cases connected to the museum, we believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community, which at this time calls for us to minimise gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible," Weiss said.

Guggenheim and MoMA also close

The Met's main location on Fifth Avenue, which just opened its British Galleries redesigned by local firm Roman and Williams, is joined by two other outposts in the city.

They include Marcel Breuer-designed Met Breuer building on the Upper East Side and The Cloisters museum in Fort Tryon Park in the Washington Heights neighbourhood in north Manhattan.

爱博体育官网The institution was the first museum in the city to announce its closure in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Solomon R Guggenheim, which just opened Rem Koolhaas' Countryside, The Future exhibition, . The museum's director Richard Armstrong described the decision as "prudent and necessary".

"We have made this decision in consultation with New York-area peer institutions," Armstrong said. "We hope that in the coming weeks we can once again invite visitors to enjoy the museum."

MoMA, which is showcasing Neri Oxman's body of works爱博体育官网, also followed suit. "Nothing is more important to MoMA than the health and safety of our community," Glenn D Lowry, The David Rockefeller director, said in a statement. "We take seriously our responsibility as a civic institution to serve the public good."

US institutions respond to virus outbreaks

The museums are the latest US institutions to respond to the virus as it continues to spread across the country.

US schools including Harvard UniversityStanford University, Columbia University爱博体育官网 and Yale University are suspending in-person lessons and switching to digital learning materials and lectures.

They form part of a number of institutions and studios爱博体育官网 forced to take activities online to avoid real-world interactions.

Conferences and events across North America have also been cancelled, postponed or moved to digital formats. The Toronto technology conference , the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin have all decided to replace their physical events with virtual versions, while Californian music festival Coachella has been postponed from April to October.

爱博体育官网Photograph by Arad, courtesy of .

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