Only weeks after resuming operations, the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) is temporarily closing its doors again to the public for a two-week period from Saturday, March 20 until April 5.
In a statement, the NMP announced the suspension of operations of its central museums within the National Museum Complex in Rizal Park, Manila which include the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Museum of Natural History.
“We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and support of government efforts to manage the pandemic and #BeatCOVID19,” it said.
The decision came after health authorities recorded a continuous increase in the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country, particularly in Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, regional museums of the National Museum Network located in areas under modified general community quarantine status are allowed to remain open and continue to welcome visitors.
Museum-goers were reminded to strictly followed the minimum health standards at all times such as wearing face masks and face shields, physical distancing, and proper hand hygiene, among others.