translated from Spanish: The Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Versailles close their doors on COVID-19

The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles announced on Friday the closure of their doors for an indefinite period because of the coronavirus pandemic. The company that manages the Eiffel Tower stated in a statement that the closure will take place at 21.00 (20.00 GMT) and expressed its desire to reopen «very soon, when the health situation allows».

The Louvre Museum, which has been locked in from 6 pm (17.00 GMT), noted that the decision responds to «the government’s guidelines» and also includes the Eugéne-Delacroix National Museum.

The Louvre Museum/Photo: Pixabay

He added that they will return the money to people who have purchased a ticket for the next few days. In addition, the temporary exhibitions dedicated to the German artist Albrecht Altdorfer, planned from April 23, and that of «The Body and the Soul. From Donatello to Michelangelo, Italian Sculptures of the Renaissance», which was due to open on May 6, have been postponed until new dates to be announced later. The Palace of Versailles, which receives ten million visitors annually, also announced that it will not open tomorrow, as will the Trianon surroundings and the Carrozas gallery, although its gardens will remain accessible to the public.

The Palace of Versailles/Photo: Pixabay

The French Prime Minister, Odouard Philippe, on Friday reduced the maximum number of people allowed at any concentration to slow the progression of COVID-19, compared to the 1000 previously imposed, but public transport will not be closed. Other cultural institutions reacted to the new action of the Executive, such as the Comédie Francoise, which has cancelled all its performances until further notice, or the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival, which has cancelled its edition, scheduled from March 20 to 29. 

Original source in Spanish

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