New York City's museums are a big part of its identity—and after three months of waiting, they were beginning to announce when they'd reopen.
Unfortunately, city and state officials don't think NYC is ready for indoor activities to return.
On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said indoor activities would not be allowed to restart under Phase 4 like it had originally called for.
Previously, Phase 4 had allowed low-risk indoor arts and entertainment—museums, historical sites, aquariums—to reopen. The Empire State Building had announced its reopening for July 20, the Museum Of The City Of New York had planned to re-open on July 23 and Fotografiska was planning to open on July 29. Now, they can't.
While there is no Phase 5, both the mayor and Governor Andrew Cuomo said the city and the state would work together going forward to determine when they'd be ready to reopen indoor arts and entertainment.
"We don't have anything else to do; there's nothing else to phase except in New York City—the cultural institutions and malls in New York City," Cuomo said. "For that, we're going to watch the data."
That being said, many museums are being cautious and opening at later dates. Because of this, 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.