New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

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New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

Post by lennygoran » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:24 pm

This includes the Met Opera. Regards, Len


New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

The Metropolitan Museum, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic announced temporary closures.
Several of New York’s largest and most prestigious cultural institutions, including the Met Museum, are closing temporarily in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.


By Robin Pogrebin and Michael Cooper

March 12, 2020
Updated 3:10 p.m. ET

Several of New York’s largest and most prestigious cultural institutions — including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic — announced Thursday that they would temporarily shut down in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The closures — which came after cities in Europe, as well as San Francisco and Seattle, had called off performances — underscored the extent to which major institutions of all kinds are trying to prevent large gatherings of people in the hopes of slowing the spread of the disease. Shortly after the closures were announced, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced that he was moving to ban gatherings of more than 500 people in the state, effectively closing all large performances and shutting down Broadway theaters as well.

“It would be irresponsible to continue having performances when clearly what is being called for is social distancing,” said Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, which, along with the Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, is canceling performances through the end of the month in an effort to protect audiences and performers alike.



The closures represented a turning point: After days of taking a wait-and-see-approach, even as Europe adopted far more stringent restrictions, American presenters and officials decided it was time for a more aggressive strategy. This went beyond New York: After California moved to limit large gatherings, on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall were being canceled, and orchestra concerts in Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia were called off.



The Metropolitan Museum said it would temporarily close its Fifth Avenue flagship and two other locations — the Met Breuer, on Madison Avenue, and the Met Cloisters in northern Manhattan — starting Friday. It did not announce a target date to reopen, but said it would undertake a thorough cleaning and announce further steps early next week.

“The Met’s priority is to protect and support our staff, volunteers and visitors,” Daniel Weiss, the museum’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. He added that the museum had been taking proactive precautionary measures, including discouraging staff travel to affected areas as well as “implementing rigorous cleaning routines, and staying in close communication with New York City health officials and the Centers for Disease Control.”

The museum said it had two employees who have showed symptoms of the virus. One is awaiting a test; the other is at home. The museum — which made its decision in consultation with the mayor’s office — also said it has been preparing for this possibility for several weeks, and is implementing an operational plan, which includes provisions to support salaried and hourly staff.



“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 minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible,” Mr. Weiss said.

Even before they made the announcement to shut down, many arts organizations were scrambling to navigate President Trump’s ban on travel from Europe, which threatened to leave many without some of their most important artists and biggest stars.

The music director of the New York Philharmonic, Jaap van Zweden, is currently in his native Amsterdam, and orchestra officials were girding themselves for the possibility that he could be stranded there. The Metropolitan Opera faced the loss of some of its leading stars, including Anna Netrebko, who was supposed to sing there later this month. And the Rotterdam Philharmonic noted the ban as it postponed its first United States tour in 50 years.

Governor Cuomo’s limit on large gatherings effectively closed Broadway theaters. Lincoln Center said that its constituent organizations would stop performing as of Thursday evening.

The Metropolitan Museum, one of the world’s largest art institutions, made its announcement at a time when it was embarking on celebrations of its 150th anniversary; just this week the museum decided to postpone the opening viewing and reception for its anniversary exhibition, “Making The Met, 1870—2020,” planned for March 23.

The museum had previously closed for two days on two occasions, after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.

The city’s other major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim, have yet to announce similar plans to close, but, like many institutions, were alert to the potential for closing if confirmed cases of Covid-19 rise. The Frick Collection said Thursday that it would close.



Boston’s top art museums followed suit, with the Harvard Art Museums, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts announcing closures.



https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/arts ... virus.html

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Re: New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

Post by lennygoran » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:32 pm

Here's the message at the Met website. Regards, Len

Coronavirus Updates

We regret to inform our audience that all Met performances have been canceled through March 31, effective immediately.

The safety and security of our audiences and employees is the Met’s highest priority, and in canceling performances, we are following the lead of our city, state, and federal elected officials as well as the recommendations of the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

If you have tickets for any of these performances, the value of the tickets will automatically be credited to your Met Opera account within the next 48 hours. At your convenience, you may take the following actions by logging onto your metopera.org account or calling Met Customer Care at 212-362-6000:

Use your credit to purchase tickets to a future performance in the 2019–20 or 2020–21 seasons.
Donate the value of your credit as a tax-deductible contribution.
Request a full refund to your original method of payment.

This Saturday’s Live in HD movie-theater presentation of Der Fliegende Holländer has also been canceled. For more information, please contact your local cinema.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this uncertain time.



Updated March 12, 2020

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Re: New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

Post by Rach3 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:39 pm

Pity America did not shut Trump down in 2016, or at least complain in 2018 when he and Bolton shut down the special epidemic response team simply because Obama set up the program.Biggest crisis challenge for the Country since Dec.7,1941.

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Re: New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

Post by maestrob » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:18 am

Good move. It's about time. Thanks, Len, for posting this.

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Re: New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus

Post by lennygoran » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:33 pm

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:39 pm
Bolton
Bolton, where was he when we needed him to tell all! Regards, Len :(

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