The Louvre Museum, the largest art museum in the world and one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Paris, has reopened with a set of new protocols in place to help keep visitors safe and healthy.
The museum was closed back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now as cases in the EU steadily decrease and travel restrictions continue to ease up, the museum is ready to welcome visitors again, though not in the large crowds that the destination is known for drawing.
Among the changes in place, visitors must book a timeslot to visit the museum, including those eligible for free admission. Additionally, all employees and guests over the age of 11 will be required to wear a face mask, and use hand sanitizer provided before entering. Overall capacity will be reduced and the museum will utilize signage to help encourage people to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Prior to the pandemic, the Louvre would attract as many as 50,000 visitors a day, but with the new measures in place, only 7,000 visitors turned up for the museums reopening.
Last week, the European Union lifted travel restrictions on visitors from more than a dozen countries considered low risk for spreading the coronavirus, however the United States wasn’t added to the list. The EU says it will continue to reexamine the situation every two weeks.