The Philadelphia Museum of Art will furlough more than 20 percent of its staff.
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will cut its staff by more than 100 employees—roughly 20 percent of its workforce—through a combination of furloughs, voluntary leave and, if necessary, layoffs, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The museum will also shrink its workforce by not filling the 50 positions that are currently vacant. The furloughs will go into effect on July 6th. If there are not enough voluntary departures by September, the museum will begin layoffs.
The planned cuts are part of a larger overall reduction in the museum’s operations. The PMA’s reopening, which is suspected to take place in either late July or early August, will be accompanied by reduced hours, including full closures on Mondays and Tuesdays for antiviral cleaning, along with the cancellation of public performances and programming. As a result of these measures, as well as lingering public wariness, museum officials expect a roughly 50 percent decrease in attendance.