Friday, June 26, 2020

When the Louvre Reopens, It’s Going to Be Quiet

By Farah Nayeri
"Visitors will be able to stand in line securely at the entrance, and masks will be mandatory for visitors aged 11 and over,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, the Louvre’s president.Credit...Julien Mignot for The New York Times
The Musée du Louvre in Paris is set to reopen on July 6 after a 16-week shutdown that has taken a 40-million-euro toll on its bottom line. In a normal year, the world’s largest museum hosts 10 million visitors in 925,000 square feet of space open to the public. When the museum reopens, 70 percent will be accessible, including the large galleries of French and Italian paintings, the sculpture courtyards and the Egyptian antiquities section. But with France’s borders still closed to travelers from outside the European Union, visitor numbers will be a fraction of what they usually are in the peak summer season. [More]