- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2020

Metro announced Thursday the closure of its Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery stations to discourage any nonessential riders looking to visit the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.

The two stations will be closed starting Thursday at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice.

Metro trains and buses will remain operating for essential riders such as hospital staff, government officials and emergency responders.

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