Reggie Booth

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo people visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Ave., in Washington. In response to rising COVID-19 infection numbers, the Smithsonian Institution is indefinitely shutting down operations at all its facilities, effective Monday and affecting seven museums, plus the National Zoo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The nation’s museums put the federal employee COVID dispute on display

At the Smithsonian, employees say their concerns over contact with the public haven’t been taken seriously enough, and that’s had consequences.

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