Most of the city’s major arts and cultural venues have closed temporarily as a result of the escalating concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
The venues are ahha Tulsa’s Hardesty Arts Center, the Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, Discovery Lab, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Gilcrease Museum, Duet Jazz, Guthrie Green, Tulsa Zoo, Oklahoma Aquarium, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, Tulsa Garden Center, River Parks Authority and Gathering Place.
The decision, according to a statement, “was made in the best interest of public health and in alignment with the most recent recommendations from the CDC and The City of Tulsa.”
“These Tulsa-area attractions have been in ongoing discussions since the pandemic announcement and have been collectively communicating and evaluating best practices for the safety of the Tulsa community,” the statement went on to say. “Today’s closure is a strong statement of unity, signifying a unanimous commitment to public health. Tulsa-area attractions will continue to evaluate the situation on a weekly basis as information is provided from the (Centers for Disease Control) and The City of Tulsa.”
The Tulsa PAC announced last week that it was postponing all performances through April 15. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art announced Monday that it will suspend daily operations indefinitely.
Gathering Place and River Parks Authority will keep outdoor trails and pathways open during regular operational hours where guests will continue to exercise social distancing.
For the latest updates, visit each organization’s website.
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United States: 104,865 cases, 1,709 deaths
Italy - 86,498 cases, 9,134 deaths
China - 81,894 cases, 3,296 deaths
Spain - 72,248 cases, 5,690 deaths
Iran - 35,408 cases, 2,517 deaths
Germany - 53,340 cases, 399 deaths
France - 29,581 cases, 1,698 deaths
United Kingdom - 14,751 cases, 761 deaths
Switzerland - 12,311 cases, 207 deaths
Netherlands - 6,440 cases, 357 deaths
Belgium - 7,284 cases, 289 deaths
Middle East (outside Iran) - 186 deaths
Central and South America - 170 deaths
South Korea - 9,241 cases, 131 deaths
Japan - 1,307 cases, 45 deaths (712 cases, 10 deaths from cruise ship)
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Philippines - 707 cases, 45 deaths
Greece - 821 cases, 23 deaths
Poland - 1,244 cases, 16 deaths
India - 693 cases, 14 deaths
Australia - 2,806 cases, 13 deaths
Israel - 3,035 cases, 10 deaths (West Bank/Gaza: 1 death)
Hong Kong - 273 cases, 4 deaths
Thailand - 1,045 cases, 4 deaths
Russia - 840 cases, 3 deaths
Taiwan - 153 cases, 2 death
Singapore - 631 cases, 2 deaths
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