Paris authorities made a decision to reopen the Louvre for tourists and local visitors as the country eases the strict COVID-19 rules.
After more than six months of closure because of the corona pandemic, the Louvre Museum welcomed a group of visitors with a series of health protocols in effect. On Wednesday at 9 am, they were able to enter inside wearing the obligatory masks, disinfected hands and no more than one visitor per eight square meters.
Sophie Grange, the Louvre’s Head of Communication, said that a museum can only welcome 30 percent of its pre-covid visitor numbers. At the same time, the current exhibit on Italian Renaissance sculpture is already mostly booked up for this week.
Ms Grange said it’s the optimal time to visit and really see the artworks since the numbers of visitors are being staggered throughout the day in line with the health restrictions.
The French health ministry is lifting restrictions incrementally to stave off a resurgence of the covid-19 and to give French people back some of their signature “joie de vivre.”
Museums, theaters and cinemas are reopening along with outside areas of eating and drinking establishments that have been closed since the end of October, the longest time of any European country except Poland, CGTN reports.