The Louvre, Paris’ well-known and the world’s most visited museum, partly reopened Monday, after being on lockdown for 16 weeks as a result of unfold of COVID-19.
The museum has misplaced greater than $45 million in ticket gross sales in almost 4 months, in line with its director Jean-Luc Martinez, and might proceed to have diminished visitation for just a few extra years, as the world adapts to the virus.
The Louvre’s most well-known artworks, like “Mona Lisa” and its massive antiquities assortment will likely be accessible, however a 3rd of its galleries the place social distancing is tougher to watch, will stay shut.
However, no selfies will likely be allowed in entrance of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, and guests are required to face on marked spots on the ground.
About 70 p.c of the Louvre’s 9.6 million guests final yr have been foreigners, however the scenario is far completely different this yr.
The museum is hoping to have extra French guests to fill the hole, as France is making an attempt to counter its elitist picture forward of the Paris Olympics to be held in 4 years.