Louvre Museum visitors clamoring for a selfie with the “Mona Lisa” will now have to fend for themselves.
Staffers will no longer be on hand to restrain crowds inside the popular exhibit after the Paris museum reopened Wednesday following three days of closure amid concerns about the coronavirus epidemic.
The measure was among the new safety guidelines implemented by the Louvre to prevent any spread from potentially-infected guests flung from many of the more than 70 countries and territories grappling with outbreaks.
Instead of moving around the room, the guards will now just be posted at the entrance to the room displaying Leonardo da Vinci’s famous “Mona Lisa.”
Workers will also be treated to wider distributions of disinfectant gels and more staff rotations so they can wash their hands frequently.
The tourist destination also announced it will become card-only, noting that half of its ticket sales already take place online — even though the Bank of France warned that refusing cash is unnecessary and illegal.
“There is no proof that the coronavirus has been spread by euro banknotes,” the bank said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The majority of the museum’s 9.6 million visitors last year came from abroad.
Across the world, there have been at least 92,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and more than 3,000 deaths — the vast majority being in mainland China, where the outbreak emerged in December.
With Post wires
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