One of the most important museums in the world and which houses pieces of impressionist art, fine arts, archaeology and others. Has decided to close its doors to visitors as part of the recommendation of public health authorities of the French government.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Europe, among the affected countries is Italy with the highest rate of infection, then followed by France who already reports more than 100 cases. Reason the country’s health authorities have decided to take preventive measures, including suspending activities related to crowding. They have decided to suspend cultural events and visits to tourist sites.
As part of these measures, the authorities in charge of the museum at the Louvre in Paris decided not to allow the reception of visitors to its installations this Sunday.
In their Twitter account, the museum managers have published several tweets where they have been communicating to the public about the novelty presented, in one of their publications on the social network they expressed apologies for the inconvenience caused by the temporary closure, they also mentioned that the tickets will be returned to those who had purchased them in advance.
⚠ Une réunion d’info sur la situation sanitaire liée aux mesures de prévention du #COVID19 à la suite des instructions ministérielles transmises par les autorités compétentes, retarde l’ouverture du musée du Louvre ce dimanche 1er mars.
Le musée ne peut ouvrir pour le moment. pic.twitter.com/XJEjrnMG0n— Musée du Louvre (@MuseeLouvre) March 1, 2020
The emblematic institution for world art receives more than 10 million visitors a year; 75% of whom are foreign, mainly from countries such as the United States, China and the European Union (Spain, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom), which are particularly affected by the virus.
It ignited concern among museum workers who were worried that some of their visitors might be infected with the deadly virus.
The museum’s staff representative, Andre Sacristin, had therefore decided to put the institution’s management on alert in this regard. Sacristin, in a recent interview with the French media, said “We are very concerned because we receive visitors from all over the world.
The French government, in an extraordinary meeting of the country’s high executive, has decided to cancel all events that take place in a closed area and that bring together more than 10,000 people.
This fact led to the cancellation of important and representative events of the country such as the agricultural show that would be held this year in the French capital.
The prevention measures not only extend to France, but also to a large part of the European territory, mainly in Italy, the country most affected by COVID-19, where the number of affected people is more than 1120 cases and about 29 deaths.
Let’s remember that the health emergency for this new pathogen that has the world on edge arose in China last December, where the number of infected has already reached almost 230.000 and the number of deaths has reached 8000.
You can visit the interactive map of the disease’s progress at the following link
The concern is focused on containing the virus because the latest reports show that compared to the Asian giant that is the most affected, there is a worrying number of cases in the world that are increasing reaching countries like the Dominican Republic, so the WHO is planning to launch the pandemic alert.