While the rest of the country may be on the brink of a second wave of COVID-19, New York City is moving towards normalcy again. The city which once had the highest number of cases in the U.S. is now in Phase 2 of reopening and has announced that one of it’s most renowned museums will reopen in August. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art closed its doors on March 13th because of the COVID-19 pandemic, laying off over 80 employees in the process. The reopening of the 150-year-old museum is scheduled for August 29th and will open adhering to the city’s new guidelines. 

Daniel H. Weiss, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, said in a statement, “The safety of our staff and visitors remains our greatest concern.”

As part of New York’s reopening plan, NYC museums will be able to reopen during the last phase on July 20th. 

To celebrate the reopening of The Met, there will be a show titled, “Making The Met, 1870-2020,” which will honor the 150-year history of the museum. 

Other major museums in NYC such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum have yet to announce when they plan to reopen.