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The Metropolitan Museum of Art will remain at least closed until mid-August

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met), caution is required. Establishing new yorkers should finally not re-open its doors before mid-August, or "maybe a few weeks after" with reduced hours and no guided tours to maintain social distancing, said the museum Tuesday. The Met has chosen to postpone its re-opening date of a month and a half, originally fixed for the 1st of July.

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The institution, closed since the 13th of march, is the first museum in a major city to announce a re-opening date. The governor of the State of New York Andrew Cuomo has not yet officially given date for the end of the confinement. His plan provides for a reopening in four phases for each region of the State, the hardest hit country by the pandemic of Covid-19. The restart of artistic activity occurs only in the fourth and final phase. With a balance sheet of more than 20,000 dead, the city of New York has not yet been permitted to commence the first phase.

No conferences and concerts in 2020

in Addition to the adapted schedules and the absence of guided tours, the Metropolitan Museum will no more lectures or concerts up to the end of the year 2020, in order to avoid large gatherings conducive to the spread of the new coronavirus. The reopening will mark the official start-up of the exhibition "Making the Switch" (making the Sets), which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the museum and was originally scheduled to open on march 30.

"While we are going through a difficult period and uncertain, we are encouraged by the prospect of that day when we can once again allow everyone to enjoy the collection and exhibitions at the Met", said on Tuesday its president, Daniel Weiss, quoted in a press release. Assuming a re-opening in July, the museum included a loss of nearly $ 100 million because of the closure, according to an internal document quoted by the New York Times . 81 officials have already been dismissed.

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The museum also announced Tuesday, to no one's surprise, the final cancellation of the Met gala, social event of the year in New York, which had already been postponed. The exhibition opening is ordinarily just after the gala, organized by the Costume Institute, will finally start on October 29. It is this year devoted to the report of the mode at the time and entitled About Time: Fashion and Duration (about time: mode and duration).

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