The Louvre Museum has announced the rules for visiting its famed exhibits when it reopens on July 6.
The museum has been closed since March when France’s coronavirus lockdown went into effect. During that time, it has been offering virtual visits of its exhibits.
With France’s lockdown finally lifted for the Paris region, the museum and its staff are preparing to again welcome visitors. But the rules for anyone to enter the museum will be quite strict, according to a press release from the museum.
First, to gain entrance, visitors must purchase a ticket online in advance for a specific time. Even if someone has a membership pass or some other benefit that allows them free entry, they must reserve a time through the website. The museum may sell some supplementary tickets on site if there is still room, but the advance purchase is the only way to guarantee entry.
Once inside, visitors of the age 11 or older are required to wear masks at all times. Tourists will be required to pass their hands under a gel distributor when they enter.
Visitors with tickets will have to wait in line at the entrance near the Pyramid while being sure to practice social distancing.
Inside, the cloakroom will remain closed. Visitors must leave bicycle or motorcycle helmets outside, as well as any suitcases or large sacks. The museum will have strollers and wheelchairs available that they will decontaminate after each use.
The museum’s bookstore will be open, but the restaurants are only opening gradually.
Once visitors begin their tour, they will have to follow arrows that have been put in place. This is designed to minimize people crossing paths. In many rooms such La Joconde, guides will be on hand to ensure people are entering and leaving by the correct doors.
The rooms that will be open include the collections of Antiquities from the Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the introduction to the arts of Islam, Italian and Northern European sculptures, Italian, Spanish and English paintings, 19th-century French painting, the Apollo Gallery, the Napoleon III apartments, works of art from the Middle Ages and Louis XIV period, and French sculpture from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
However, several popular rooms will remain closed for now. These include the collections of French sculpture from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, works of art from the Renaissance, from the 18th and 19th centuries, the Pavilion of the Sessions, the lower level of the Islamic Arts as well as the paintings French and Northern European regions of the Richelieu wing.