Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updates in protocols for fully vaccinated individuals with several businesses and organizations already loosening restrictions related to COVID-19. For the arts and cultural sector, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is seemingly the first to employ new guidances for those who are vaccinated such as having lifted mask requirements on May 29 for staff and visitors. According to a statement, the museum “encourages visitors to continue wearing masks,” but plans to maintain social distancing rules and cleaning protocols.
The museum will also increase its visitor capacity throughout the month of June and on July, timed-entry tickets will not be required — this excludes registration for special exhibitions such as “Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated” and “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.”
The institution’s new protocols align with the city’s reopening plan which require that masks will remain mandatory only in public and private transportation systems, healthcare facilities as well as select gathering spaces. Other arts institutions across the country still require all visitors to wear masks including the Guggenheim in New York City as well as TheSmithsonian institutions in Washington, DC which will open this summer.
Elsewhere in art, a rare KAWS UNTITLED (STORMTROOPERS) painting will be featured in an upcoming Phillips auction.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
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