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Met closing temporarily due to coronavirus outbreak

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is temporarily closing starting Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak, it announced Thursday. 

“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,” museum CEO and President Dan Weiss said in a statement. 

The Met will be closing all three of its locations, undergo a “thorough cleaning” and announce next steps early next week, according to the announcement. 

“We look forward to soon announcing when we’ll be able to welcome our staff and visitors back to the Museum,” Weiss added. 

Fifty-two of New York state’s 216 confirmed cases are in New York City, according to state health department information updated on Tuesday afternoon. 

Westchester County, a suburb of New York, is the hardest hit region in the state with 121 confirmed cases as of the Tuesday update. 

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