Italian Government Closes All Museums and Cultural Sites in Coronavirus Lockdown

As of Sunday the 8th of March, the Italian government has shut down all museums and archeological sites throughout Italy, as well as archives and libraries. All concerts and cultural events are also included in the decree, which instituted the closures effective immediately and valid through April 3rd.

The drastic measures are part of a wider plan to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. In Rome, for example, this includes the famous Colosseum, the Ancient Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums and any other of Rome’s museums.

For locals, the same decree also closes all pubs, cinemas, and theaters. Schools and universities have been closed since Wednesday the 4th of March.

Even marriages and funerals have also been prohibited, with all Masses canceled. However, churches will remain open so long as a one-meter distance between everyone who enters is respected.

This shut down is expected to last until at least the 3rd of April.

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