The Smithsonian Institution has decided to make masks optional for their institutions
Earlier this year, the government banned people from covering their faces at certain institutions. As of Friday, this mandate has been lifted, so you can see the museum faces once again.
Today, Smithsonian officials announced that starting Friday, March 11 it will no longer require visitors to wear face coverings in order to enter any of the museums or the National Zoo it oversees. Which include 19 museums and galleries spread across Washington, D.C. and New York City and one zoo situated in Rock Creek Park.”
From Monday 14th March, all of our museums will be open from Monday to Friday. The National Museum of Natural History and the Zoo will both open 7 days a week.
The Smithsonian recently unveiled new visitor guidelines which are in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control to protect communities that have hospitals at risk of serious Covid infections.
“We have the tools to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and we understand how to control it. We also know our personal risk and we need to make sure that isn’t being passed onto others,” Bunch wrote.
The Secretary advised that the pandemic was not yet over and that all staff working in the museums would continue to be required to wear masks. There would also be a review of health & safety policies, including screening and contact tracing.
Visitors and school groups visiting the Smithsonian this summer are in for a bunch of new surprises, or they can enjoy familiar favorites on their summer tours. New exhibitions planned for 2022 include wondrous glassworks by Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary, vibrant portraits of Nollywood stars – created by Toyin Ojih Odutola At the National Air and Space Museum’s west galleries this fall, visitors will be able to explore the area that was previously closed and where women in charge of male workers will rule.