Much like major worldwide events that have been either postponed or completely shut down—Art Basel canceling Art Basel Hong Kong in early February, the International Olympic Committee mulling over canceling the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Seoul Metropolitan Government completely shutting down Seoul Fashion Week FW2020—safety measures in the Louvre have been decided over concern of a possible virus contact with the museum’s employees.
The museum which welcomes more than 5,000 visitors a day from all around the globe remained closed on Sunday, March 1, after employees refused to open the doors. The failure of the museum management to reassure the safety of their employees, which was confirmed by Christian Galani, a staff member of the famed Parisian art museum, resulted in his statement: “The Louvre is a confined space, which welcomes more than 5,000 people a day, there is a real concern from the agents,” Galani said.
Another similar statement came from employee and union representative Andre Sacristin who said: “We are very worried because we have visitors from everywhere. The risk is very, very, very great,” he said over the phone. Although none of the employees have tested positive for COVID-19, Sacristin notes that “it’s only a question of time.”