Louvre closed amid virus fears

World's most visited museum stays closed as French government bans any indoor gatherings larger than 5,000 to prevent spread of virus.

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March 2, 2020 - 9:42 AM

The Louvre in Paris.

PARIS (AP) — Tourists trying to visit the Louvre Museum on Monday are out of luck, as the world’s most visited museum stayed closed for a second straight day because of workers’ worries about the potential spread of the new virus.

Most of the Paris landmark’s 9.6 million visitors last year came from other countries, and the museum that houses the Mona Lisa and other treasures welcomes tens of thousands of people every day.

While unions held meetings with management and the Culture Ministry on Monday, disappointed crowds huddled under umbrellas outside the Louvre’s famed pyramid.

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