MET Lays Off 79 Employees

August 7 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

More grim news from the museum sector in the US. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has laid off 79 employees due to the virus crisis. It had already let 81 employees go from its visitor service and retails departments in April. 93 employees have also taken early retirement packages. These drastic cuts are due to the fact that the museum is reported to be facing a budget deficit of $150m.

The museum is hoping to reopen to the public on 29th August. However, this may be pushed back if the state does not lift its prohibition on museums reopening.

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