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The Smithsonian’s Mask Mandate Will End Friday

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The Smithsonian plans to drop its requirement that visitors wear masks while visiting its museums and the National Zoo. The mandate will end on Friday, March 11, the institution announced Monday.

Following a Omicron-inspired reduction in open hours, Smithsonian museums are ramping up their availability; the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo will be open seven days per week beginning March 14.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.