Statue of Liberty closed in U.S. due to coronavirus outbreak

Statue of Liberty closed in U.S. due to coronavirus outbreak

Operations at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island in New York were temporarily suspended in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

A date to reopen has not yet been determined, according to the National Park Service.

"The health and safety of people working at and entering Liberty and Ellis Islands is our number one priority," the NPS said in a statement. "The park is working with the NPS Office of Public Health, US Public Health Service, and state and local authorities to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)."

There are 950 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, with 436 in New York City alone, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New York City announced yesterday that all schools would close until at least April 20 and that restaurants must move to takeout and delivery only. New York state will soon be closing all of its schools as well, CNN reported.

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