The Metropolitan Opera in New York is offering free tickets to federal employees that have been affected by the government shutdown.
Around 800,000 federal employees have been going unpaid since December 22 as the longest-ever government shutdown moves into its fifth week.
According to the BBC, more than 1,500 appeals have been set up by them on crowdfunding site GoFundMe, looking for support to pay rent or feed and clothe their children.
The Met Opera said on Friday that it would provide people who have government IDs with free tickets to a performance until the end of the month.
Each person can reserve two tickets per performance in advance by phone or in person at the box office.
The 12 performances available include Bizet’s “Carmen,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande,” Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” and a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”
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