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Museum fans may have to change their New Year’s Eve plans.
Smithsonin has announced that it will temporarily close four of its museums in Washington, D.C., due to staffing problems caused by the latest outbreak of the COVID-19 infection.
In a news release, the organization announced that the African Art, Postal, Anacostia and Asian Art Museums will be closed from Wednesday, December 29. The four museums are set to reopen on January 3 next year.
According to Smithsonian, there has been an increase in COVID infections in his staff, prompting workers to quarantine. By closing these four museums, the Smithsonian will be able to redeploy staff to keep other museums open and running properly.
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In a news release, Smithsonian said, “Like many other organizations, Smithsonian is managing the direct and indirect consequences of the latest increase in COVID infections caused by the Omicron variant. There has been an increase. Positive COVID cases among our essential and operational staff and the associated quarantine period. “
“The closure of these four museums will allow Smithsonian to reassign staff and keep all other museums open for the rest of the week,” the statement said.
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Smithsonian closed the news release, saying it aims to keep as many museums open as possible while maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for its staff and guests.