Some 250 workers at the Louvre, many of them guards, elected on Monday to keep refusing to work until the museum’s administration formalizes a coronavirus response plan. Louvre workers proposed wearing masks or requiring temperature checks for visitors; museum management continues to monitor the situation. Maxence Langlois-Berthelot, the museum’s managing director, said the institution is “keeping a close eye on the situation and is ready to take action as and when necessary.”
The spread of coronavirus in recent weeks has led to the closure of prominent art institutions around the world, including the Palazzo Ducale in Italy
and the Mori Art Museum in Japan
, as well as major changes to the global art market calendar. The 2020 edition of the Art Basel in Hong Kong fair was canceled
because of the outbreak; Sotheby’s postponed and relocated
its spring auctions in Hong Kong. France has reported 130 cases of the coronavirus, with the number steadily rising. It has not been confirmed when the Louvre will reopen its doors.