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France: Louvre reopens to visitors after months-long coronavirus closure03:09

France: Louvre reopens to visitors after months-long coronavirus closure

France, Paris
July 6, 2020 at 09:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Louvre reopened in Paris on Monday, following a nearly four-month-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

First visitors applauded the reopening with the museum's chief Jean-Luc Martinez attending the event.

"The museum was not empty, on the other hand, because it's a very big palace, therefore there were around a hundred people who were working there. First of all, to supervise the collection in terms of sanitary conditions. These artworks are old, so they need to be taken care of. They are old ladies, and then, the palace itself, needs to be maintained. And we have also been working with our colleagues all over the world, because since the moment the Louvre has closed in March, more than 800 artworks from the Louvre were all over the world," said Martinez.

Outside the museum, more than a dozen tour guides held a silent protest to attract attention to the industry's economic troubles in the wake of the pandemic.

France: Louvre reopens to visitors after months-long coronavirus closure03:09
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The Louvre reopened in Paris on Monday, following a nearly four-month-long closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

First visitors applauded the reopening with the museum's chief Jean-Luc Martinez attending the event.

"The museum was not empty, on the other hand, because it's a very big palace, therefore there were around a hundred people who were working there. First of all, to supervise the collection in terms of sanitary conditions. These artworks are old, so they need to be taken care of. They are old ladies, and then, the palace itself, needs to be maintained. And we have also been working with our colleagues all over the world, because since the moment the Louvre has closed in March, more than 800 artworks from the Louvre were all over the world," said Martinez.

Outside the museum, more than a dozen tour guides held a silent protest to attract attention to the industry's economic troubles in the wake of the pandemic.

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