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National museums in Japan reopen after 3-month closure over virus

(Visitors wearing face masks look at exhibits at the Tokyo National Museum in the Japanese capital on June 2, 2020. The museum reopened the same day under pre-booking system to prevent coronavirus infection). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

TOKYO, Jun 2, 2020, Kyodo. National museums in Tokyo and three other areas in Japan reopened Tuesday after three months of closure due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Kyodo News reported.

The Tokyo National Museum resumed some exhibits as visitors booked tickets online in advance. The measure was put in place by the museum to limit the number of visitors and prevent the spread of the virus.

Ritsuko Kurokawa, 70, one of the visitors who often came to the museum for special exhibitions before the pandemic, said, “I missed not being able to come here. I’m glad to be here today.”

The national museums in Kyoto and Nara prefectures, western Japan, and southwestern Fukuoka Prefecture also reopened to the public with countermeasures against COVID-19, the pneumonia-like disease caused by the virus.

All four museums require visitors to wear a face mask and have their temperature checked at the entrance to ensure visitors are not running a fever.

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