The Detroit Institute of Arts is curtailing many of its activities for the next month in response to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The museum announced Thursday, March 12, that while it intends to remain open for visitors, "serving as a place for inspiration, calm and respite on challenging time," it has canceled its extra programs, including daily tours, Detroit Film Theatre screenings, Friday Night Live!, school field trips, lectures, yoga, artists demonstrations, Drop-in Art-Making and more until April 13.
In a statement DIA officials said that the museum "is dedicated to remaining a safe and welcoming place for our community and visitors" and is canceling the programs "to proactively protect the health and well-being of our visitors and staff." The DIA will be "frequently cleaning public spaces" and taking other measures to mitigate health issues and is actively encouraging visitors to stay away "if you are ill with flulike symptoms or if you have recently traveled to a region that is experiencing widespread transmission of COVID-19.
The DIA will evaluate the situation as April 13 approaches and decide if it needs to extend the cancellations further.
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