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White House tours end; Broadway canceled, Met to close

Major tourist hot spots across the country, including the White House and Broadway, are taking precautionary measures by closing to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on gatherings of more than 500 people in a news conference Thursday afternoon, shuttering Broadway as of 5 p.m. Thursday. Cuomo said the shutdown, which The Broadway League said will last until at least until April 12, could remain in place for far longer than a one-month period.

Many shows were in or set to begin previews in the coming weeks. Currently, the official cutoff date for shows to open to be eligible for the 2019-2020 Tony Awards season is April 23. The nominees are set to be announced April 28, with the awards ceremony set for June 7.

Broadway national tours across the country also have canceled performances.

The White House and the U.S. Capitol are closed to tours until April 1, the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms announced Thursday, effective as of 4:30 p.m. EST. The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed to tours “out of concern for the health and safety of congressional employees and the public” amid broader fears about the spread of the coronavirus. During this time, only staff, credentialed press and those with official business will be allowed entry.

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