The news went a little unnoticed.
No official communication or interview in the press from the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot.
While the museums are preparing to reopen on May 19, after the announcements of President Emmanuel Macron, each day passed and the museums awaited the health details of their reception protocol.
Because how to set up a reservation ticket office - not compulsory but strongly recommended to manage the limited flows - when you do not know how many visitors will be allowed to enter at the same time?
The Musée d'Orsay was the first, Monday, to announce the opening of its ticket office this Thursday, for tickets on sale from May 19.
The others were waiting.
Roselyne Bachelot spoke in fact Monday evening during a night session at the National Assembly, without much echo.
For the cinema, she confirmed what we knew: gauge at 35% in May, 65% in June, and 100% in July if the health situation allows it.
In July, no more limit, if the situation allows it
For museums and monuments, several managers of large establishments, not warned, discovered late, often Tuesday, the adopted protocol, a little different. From May 19 to 31, the museums will be able to welcome the public at the rate of 8 m2 per visitor. A lesser evil, since the gauge was 1 per 10 m2 during the first deconfinement. "There will be signage to redo, anyway it dated from a year ago, and we will be ready," says a museum director. On June 9, the pace accelerates in principle with 1 visitor per 4 m2. And in July, more limit, if the situation allows it.
Museums and monuments can now refine their ticket office. Many say they will be able to open on May 19, as the Center Pompidou confirmed on Tuesday evening. Among two events expected this spring, the Bourse de Commerce Collection Pinault, with its masterpieces of contemporary art, will open on May 22 - you can book from this Thursday - and the Carnavalet museum, on the History of Paris , in the Marais, closed for several years for renovations, will welcome the public from May 29.