Blue tabs are already glued to tag routes, and, here and there one proceeds to the final cleanings: the Louvre museum prepares to reopen to the presence of a crowd reduced on July 6, and promises that it will”adjust” in the event of problems.
These were puzzles and adrenaline rush for those responsible for the big museum in paris called to respect the specific constraints due to the size of the largest museum in the world. 70% of the public institution, which is 45 000 m2, will be accessed.
The attendance will be modest, at least at the beginning. Chinese, Americans, Koreans, Brazilians will be absent. Not cohues predictable in front of the mona lisa…
Twelve days before the opening, the silence of a cathedral. A few agents hidden glide through the suites of rooms. It is necessary to repeat, anticipate everything, check.
Wednesday, took place “a day in white where the personnel have made tourists,” explains Leïla Cherif-Hadrian, deputy director in charge of the monitoring.
If a Monday was chosen for the re-opening, this is to allow use of the day Tuesday – the day of weekly closing – in order to”adapt” which is not going to.
For the time being, 12,000 people have reserved slots time-stamped since the opening of the reservation, June 15: at 80 % for July.
“Downhill-down/ climb -mount”
At the entrance of the Pyramid, the distributors of the gel. Each visitor must come with its own mask.
In the vast space that is generally crowded under the Pyramid, two agents disinfect in silence in a desk using a hose.
Atms will not be available. All the touch screens will be unusable. On the other hand bookshop, run by the Réunion des musées nationaux (RMN) will re-open.
It will not come with his motorcycle helmet, a coat, a bag: the locker rooms will be closed. As for the ready stroller and wheelchair, cleaned after each use, it will be possible.
On the monumental staircase which leads to the Victory of Samothrace, the blue labels crossed with an arrow indicate that: “Lowering – down”, “climb – mount”. Pictograms remind us here and there the gestures barriers.
In the room of the mona lisa, in anticipation of the selfies, the round orange “parking” are glued to the ground, such as in the subway. But it is not easy to respect the distance and when families come from. The agents will arrange for the order.
A flyer blue is ready, setting out strict rules: “The itinerary of the visit are arrow without possible return back”.
The courses are, however, a recommendation “that will become mandatory in busy periods”. And all output will be final.
Adaptation over time
For the time being, “we have chosen to re-open busy areas, as well as the Antiquities, especially egyptian ones, are very appreciated by the Parisians and inhabitants of the paris region. On the other hand, places more complex to manage” expect, ” says Ms. Cherif-Hadrian.
The museum will first turn with 3/400 agents, in large part dedicated to the monitoring.
Formulas-key of the direction are : “we will adapt” and “adjust”. For example, while in the case of crowding, the visitor will have to go forward, if there is little world, greater flexibility is required. Other rooms could re-open later, after the summer.
The inputs and the gauges have been thoroughly studied: there will be three queues: one for input immediate and one for the people who came in advance, a third for those without tickets reserved.
And as the majority of visitors will be present between 9 and 11 hours (07: 00 and 09: 00 GMT), Mr. Martinez plans to open fewer slots in these hours to open more slots in the afternoon”
“You must tell your friends that this is the time to come to discover the museum as they could never see before,” say in unison the heads of the museum, hoping in spite of the crisis a windfall effect.