The Louvre and all other French museums are to close their doors as of 6:00 pm tonight. With spiralling infections, both President Emmanuel Macron of France and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced new restrictions. Germany is monitoring the situation and has introduced strict new measures for public places.
An announcement appeared on the Louvre website stating;
“In line with the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène Delacroix will close on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 6 p.m. up until Tuesday, December 1, 2020. All those who have purchased a ticket for this period will automatically receive a refund—no action is required.
Thank you for your understanding”.
As the second wave of coronavirus cases surge in Europe, cultural institutions in Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy are expected to follow as this second wave ferociously returns in Europe. Imperial College London has revealed that according to their graphs there are over 100,000 new COVID19 infections per day in the UK. Experts know that it is only a matter of time that museums and galleries will again shutter. Belgium, museums in the Brussels region, were ordered to close until 19 November. Musée d’Orsay announced via Twitter that they would remain closed until further notice.
In Germany, restrictions enter into force on 2 November and apply until the end of November, museums are expecting the 16 states to decide on whether they are included in a ban on public facilities. Germany, where 15,000 new confirmed cases were recorded across the country on Wednesday, coronavirus restrictions will come into effect on November 2. The four-week partial shutdown includes restaurants, bars, and cinemas, though the plan does not mention a requirement to close for museums. Commercial art galleries, which are classified as retail outlets, will remain open with limited visitor capacity.
This week, Spain declared a national state of emergency; new restrictions were put in place to combat the steady rise in cases. The Italian government has also announced new lockdown measures. Museums in both countries are allowed to remain open.