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As epidemic wanes, cultural sites once again greet visitors

By Wang Kaihao | China Daily | Updated: 2020-03-19 09:16
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A visitor to the Memorial for the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai swipes her ID card to make a reservation before entry.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Before Spring Festival, the outbreak of COVID-19 forced thousands of museums to close their doors.

However, it has also inspired many museums to ramp up the digitalization of their collections and host lectures in cyberspace, on livestreaming platforms and social networking accounts.

Nevertheless, as the battle against the epidemic-domestically, at least-appears to be in its twilight hour, museums nationwide are gradually unlocking their closed doors to welcome physical visitors back inside.

The reopening of museums is being undertaken with caution, though.

On Feb 27, the National Cultural Heritage Administration released its guidance, allowing Chinese museums to receive visitors again with "a good order", according to the conditions of the viral outbreak in specific cities.

As the national administration demands, compulsory measurement of body temperature upon entry, online reservation with ID cards, digital guidance, a set quota of daily visits, among other policies, have been implemented to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

According to the latest statistics from the administration, over 180 museums in 19 provinces, municipalities, or autonomous regions, have reopened as of Sunday. Another 64 museums have either opened or are scheduled to open this week.

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