Paris Louvre museum reopens after months of closure

Paris, May 19 (EFE) – Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday outside the gates of Paris’s Louvre museum, which reopened after nearly 7 months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We bought tickets as soon as they announced the reopening. I missed it a lot,” Brigitte de la Tousche, one of the first to visit the museum after its reopening, told Efe.

The Louvre, the most popular museum in the world with its annual 10 million visitors, has experienced one of its most difficult periods thanks to Covid-19.

Since March 2020, it has only been open for a total of four months.

Chinese students Liu Yiyun and Tian Zhoupei have been living in France for a year. They are excited to finally be able to visit the Louvre without the usual crowds the day before they return to their home country.

“It’s really a pleasure to be here, and it’s our last day here and the first that the museum is open,” they agreed.

Visitors have to book tickets for the museum online and have to wear facemasks for the duration of their visit.

The Louvre is not the only Parisian museum to reopen its doors on Wednesday. The Grévin Museum, Pompidou and Musée d’Orsay as well as bars, cafes, restaurants and movie theaters have reopened to the public.EFE


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