This article considers the Palais de Versailles, normally crowded with tourists, but now relatively empty because of the COVID-19 crisis.

France has reopened its borders to EU visitors, but until July 1st visitors from farther afield without a “compelling” family or professional reason are not allowed in, including the Americans who make up a sizable number of Versailles’ foreign tourists.

Social distancing currently means a maximum of 500 visitors an hour totals 4,500 a day, in conctrast to the 27,000 this time last year.

Europe accounts for half the global tourism market, while Spain and Italy rely on tourists for more than 10% of their economic output. For Greece, the number is closer to 20%. Cyprus is so eager to get EU visitors back that it’s offering to pay medical and hotel costs of any EU visitors who come down with coronavirus while there.

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