21:35 GMT24 February 2021
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    The forced closure of the Paris museum, which ordinarily saw 30,000-40,000 visitors a day, has paved the way for its workers to finally arrange some fixing up.

    The closure of the Louvre last October due to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a rare opportunity for the museum staff, curators and restorers to refurbish the exhibition, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

    Without crowds of people wandering inside, the museum’s “army” is now able to clean the sculptures, reorganize entrances and conduct some large-scale restorations.

    “We’re taking advantage of the museum’s closure to carry out a number of major works, speed up maintenance operations and start repair works that are difficult to schedule when the museum is operating normally,” said Laurent le Guedart, the Louvre’s Architectural Heritage and Gardens Director.

    The iconic Paris museum was first shut down in March. It partially reopened three months later with its visitors required to maintain social distancing and wear face covers. The second closure occurred in late October and, unlike the first time, 250 employees are working there right now.

    The date for the Louvre’s second reopening is yet unclear.

    museum, restoration, pandemic, Louvre
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