Culture minister on closing museums: There is a lot of movement there

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Ellen von Unwerth's "Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women" at the Fotografiska cafe-museum. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

Among the restrictions approved on Thursday, the government decided to close most culture establishments, including theaters, cinemas and museums. Minister of Culture Anneli Ott (Center) told ERR that there are examples of large groups gathering in museums.

What are the restrictions affecting culture?

In culture, theaters and cinemas will close in addition to indoor events with stationary seating. These will be closed until the end of March and cannot be organized. We are currently discussing what the compensation measures will be and what mechanisms will be used to administer this support.

What will happen to museums?

We discussed museums in the afternoon and unfortunately, museums will also close the same way.

Help us see behind the decisions. Cinemas-theaters say they are not infectious, museums even moreso?

It is completely understandable that each sector looks at it separately. At the government level, peoples' movements are looked at more broadly. A lot of thought into which alternatives people will use to please their leisure, education and cultural needs if some options are closed. There would be this moment of museums getting too much of a burden.

There is serious discussion right now about how these numbers can be taken down as fast as possible to get the picture better for spring and to be able to return to a more regular life, certainly not a completely regular life.

There are examples when it comes to museums, politicians also go to museums, there is actually quite a bit of movement there in certain moments.

When will these restrictions go into effect?

We have not gotten there yet, but we will certainly establish this shortly. We are currently talking about until the end of March, but will they go into force when the current [restrictions] end or will they come in earlier, it is still open. I cannot confirm this yet.

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