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Coronavirus and overtourism

Since the news broke that the famous Louvre museum in Paris closed its doors due to the Coronavirus we have been working on an overview of open and closed tourist attractions in Europe. On our dedicated coronavirus page, we are tracking over 100 tourist attractions. Since March 1, we are following the situation closely in some of the most affected areas such as Milan and Venice. In addition, we are monitoring whether the doors are open of tourist attractions in 16 other European countries.

  • 110 tourist attractions are currently tracked.
  • All tracked Italian tourist attractions have closed.
  • The Louvre Museum in Paris is no longer open for all public.
  • New category ‘Limited’ have been added to accommodate situations like The Louvre.

All tourist attractions in Italy are closed until April 3

Since the Prime Minister issued the far reaching decree that shuts down Northern Italy, all (major) tourist attractions in the country have closed. From March 8 until at least April 3, all large gatherings are forbidden and public buildings have been forced to shut their doors. Although most measures are limited to provinces in the North of Italy, all tourist attractions in Italy are closed. This includes, Pompeii near Naples in the South as well as all major attractions in Rome, Italy’s capital.

We will continuously monitor for updates to the situation in Italy. There are 27 tourist attractions in Italy that are part of our analysis. All 27 are now closed. You can see our extensive list of coronavirus closures, including Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Pisa and Florence, here. Although we only track Italy’s most famous and largest attractions, we assume that other smaller or lesser known attractions are closed as well.

Louvre no longer open for all tourists

The famous Parisian museum, the Louvre, already closed on March 1 as staff voiced concerns on the developing Coronavirus crisis. Although the museum reopened on March 4, it is now taking new measures to limit the number of people within the museum. ‘Only visitors with pre-booked e-tickets or those entitled to free admission will be guaranteed entry, The Louvre writes on its official websites.

With the Louvre not closing its doors but partially keeping visitors out, we have introduced a new category to our overview of closed/open tourist destinations. We now added the category ‘Limited’. Tourist attractions that are labelled with ‘limited’, such as The Louvre, are open but these attractions are limiting capacity due to the Coronavirus or these attractions have other measures in place to limit access.

27 tourist attractions are now closed due to Coronavirus

Out of the 115 tourist attractions that we now track, 27 are now formally closed. All these attractions are in Italy. In addition, we have one tourist attractions that has limited tourist inflow: The Louvre. We will update our overview every day.

Other tourist destinations have placed warnings or advise on their websites. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is not limiting access for tourists but has stopped accepting cash payments. On the website the tourist attractions writes: ‘ We inform you that from Monday 9th March 2020, all payments at the ticket offices of the monument, the official shops and the restaurants will be taken by bank cards only. We invite you to take the following precautions in order to protect both yourself and the others’.

In Copenhagen, the famous Tivoli amusement park is scheduled to open on April 2. The park now features a message on the website that it is closely monitoring the situation: ‘Tivoli is closely following the development of COVID-19. We plan to open Tivoli as expected on April 2. The government also recommends that in order to minimize the risk of infection, all events with more than 1000 participants be canceled or postponed for the rest of March 2020’.

Colosseum closed due to Coronavirus
Colosseum closed due to Coronavirus

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the response by European governments changes the situation continuously. In no way, can we ensure that our overviews on closures and openings are correct. Tourists should check themselves on the website of tourist attractions to get the latest information. We actively link to those websites to ensure all our users are guided towards official communications channels. We are not reliable for any information on our website and cannot be held accountable for damage due to misinformation that can be caused by a delay in updating or wrong uploads. If you spot errors, please inform us over Twitter or over e-mail.

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