Louvre museum closes over coronavirus fears

By Eudore R. Chand

PARIS 2 March 2020: The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, closed to visitors on Sunday after staff refused to work due to coronavirus fears, unions and management said.

Around 300 staff met in the morning and voted “almost unanimously” not to open, Christian Galani of the CGT labour union told AFP, leaving many would-be visitors disappointed.

The Louvre, near the banks of the Seine river in central Paris, received 9.6 million visitors last year, most of them foreigners, including Americans, Chinese and Europeans,said Wam.

Louvre management later confirmed the museum was closed for the entire day, and said it would refund ticket-holders.

“We apologise for any inconvenience and will keep you informed as the situation develops,” the museum said on its website.