New York City's museums are a big part of its identity—and after five months of waiting, they are reopening.
In July, Governor Andrew Cuomo said indoor activities would not be allowed to restart under Phase 4 like the plan had originally called for, but as of mid-August, he changed his tune, allowing museums and other low-impact indoor activities to resume as of August 23.
Museums can only open if they follow the state's required guidelines, which includes reducing capacity by at least 25 percent, doing temperature checks of its employees and visitors and turning away anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, putting up signs to encourage social distancing, and doing timed entry in order to reduce crowding.
We're rounding up the most recently announced museum opening dates here, so you can start planning your first time out to a museum. Make sure to keep checking back for more.
And as always, be careful—wear a mask and keep your distance.