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posted 01-14-2022 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Security officers say Smithsonian staff shortages are threatening the safety of the museums' priceless treasures, reports The Washington Post (via MSN).
The highly transmissible omicron variant has led to record numbers of covid cases, and more than 250 have been reported among Smithsonian staff since Christmas, a Smithsonian spokeswoman said.

The shortage of staff forced the Smithsonian to close some buildings and reduce public hours at most of its museums and the National Zoo for a two-week period ending Jan. 17. Those reductions are expected to be extended. The hours of operation for individual museums can be found at

Leaders of the American Federation of Government Workers Local 2463, the union representing security and maintenance staff, are calling on the Smithsonian to shut down all its public venues, saying the reductions aren’t doing enough to protect their members, the public and the valuable art and artifacts on display.

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posted 01-15-2022 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the National Air and Space Museum (via Twitter):
Due to unprecedented staff shortages related to the COVID-19 pandemic, our location in Washington, DC, will be closed until further notice.

Our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, remains open seven days a week. Plan your visit.

All times are CT (US)

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