PARIS (Reuters) - Le musée du Louvre à Paris prévoit de rouvrir ses portes le 6 juillet, a-t-il déclaré vendredi, à la suite de nouvelles mesures annoncées jeudi par le Premier ministre Edouard Philippe pour faciliter le verrouillage des coronavirus du pays.
In a statement, the most visited museum in France said that a reservation system and new signage would provide visitors with the maximum possible security while in the building. They will be asked to wear a mask and keep a social distance.
“Even if it were possible to discover the treasures of the Louvre virtually during lockdown, nothing can replace the emotion of standing in front of a work of art; that’s the reason for museums, “said Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez.
Between March 12 and May 22, the Louvre website welcomed 10.5 million visitors, compared to 14.1 million in 2019.
The number of virtual visitors to the site per day increased to around 330,000, with a peak of nearly 400,000, compared to around 40,000 visitors per day before the coronavirus crisis.
The Louvre also announced the opening of the Tuileries Gardens in front of the museum on Sunday, but games and group gatherings of more than 10 people would be prohibited.
The two were closed on March 13.
(Report by Christian Lowe and Benoit Van Overstraeten; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Edition by Mike Collett-White)