The Louvre in Paris has just reopened this afternoon, after being closed since Sunday due to coronavirus fears.
Workers at the museum had expressed concern over being contaminated by the thousands of visitors pouring through the museum each day and walked out after a meeting with the management and staff doctor failed to reassure them. Now that new sanitation measures are in place, it appears that staff feel more comfortable about returning to work.
The Louvre is reopening with a series of new measures in place, including distribution of disinfectant gels, more frequent staff rotations so employees can wash their hands frequently, and new staff protocol that allows them to stand farther away from crowds.
Just because the Louvre has reopened, however, doesn’t mean the coronavirus situation in France has improved. The government has temporarily banned gatherings exceeding 5,000 people in enclosed spaces, with the health minister even warning against the traditional kiss-on-the-cheek greeting.
A version of this article was previously published on March 2, 2020, and was updated on March 4, 2020, with more information.