The palace, normally crowded with tourists, is relatively empty because of the COVID-19 crisis. AdvertisementVersailles, like many other European tourist attractions, is picking itself up after an enforced 82-day closure as part of France’s strict coronavirus lockdown, which shut the country’s airports and borders, even those with its close neighbors. Some hope that that will include Americans, who make up a sizable number of Versailles’ foreign tourists. This is important because we want to say to American tourists: ‘Please come back,’” said Catherine Pegard, who runs the palace. Although the coronavirus lockdown was eased for most of France in early May, the capital region (which includes Versailles) remained under restrictions until the beginning of June.