Louvre reopens after four-month closing due to coronavirus

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Americans are still barred from the European Union, which is gradually reopening its borders. Before the pandemic, as many as 50,000 people per day toured the Louvre in the busiest summer months. Visitors on line on July 6, 2020 in front of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris as the museum reopens its doors to the public after four month closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. Paris’ Louvre Museum, which houses the world’s most famous portrait, reopened Monday after a four-month coronavirus lockdown. First published on July 6, 2020 / 4:31 AM Louvre reopens after four-month closing due to coronavirus

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EU reopening its borders, but not to Americans

EU reopening its borders, but not to American… “It’s very emotional for all the teams that have prepared this reopening,” said Jean-Luc Martinez, the museum director. The Louvre is hoping the reopening will attract visitors from closer to home, including the Paris region, but is bracing for a plunge in numbers. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

About 70% of the giant museum – 484,000 square feet of space, or the equivalent of 230 tennis courts – housing 30,000 of the Louvre’s vast trove of works is again accessible to visitors starved of art in lockdown. 01:55

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Is the coronavirus airborne? Martinez said the museum was expecting just 7,000 visitors on the reopening day. CHARLES PLATIAU / REUTERS

The bulk of visitors to what was the world’s most-visited museum before the pandemic used to come from overseas, led by travelers from the United States.