Italy’s airports and museums to resume operations in May, with safety rules in place


Italy’s airports and museums to resume operations in May, with safety rules in place

Museums in Italy and Belgium are likely to resume operations in mid-May as governments gear up to ease lockdown restrictions. Italy has been one of the worst-hit European nations by COVID-19, the reason why it remained under lockdown for several months. As reported earlier, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated that lockdown measures will be relaxed from May 4, after which parks, museums, and other establishments will gradually open.

As per the latest news reports, the Italian Prime Minister has announced plans to reopen libraries, cultural sites, and museums in the country from May 18. These establishments will, however, have to follow the safety guidelines that have been drawn up by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, i.e., visitors need to buy online tickets and maintain social distancing norms.

Likewise, in Belgium, a national commission has been formed to formulate the reopening plan; it has also been announced that the country will be easing restrictions in three phases. Museums have been included in phase 2, which indicates that museums will be able to resume operations from May 18. Here also, precautions will be taken to ensure that the curve doesn’t spike and by maintaining social distancing norms.

Italy’s airports and museums to resume operations in May, with safety rules in place

Italy also announced that its two airports will also resume operations by next week. Both the international airports, i.e., the Ciampino International Airport in Rome and Peretola airport will be reopening on May 4 for passenger flights, the Transport Ministry said in a brief statement.

As nations across the globe look forward to ease lockdown restrictions, there is also a need to strike a careful balance by the world leaders, and make sure safety measures are in place while doing so. If mass gatherings resume as soon as the lockdowns are eased, countries will again run into the risk of triggering a new wave of infections.

Berlin will be reopening its museums on May 4, i.e., ahead of Italy and Belgium. With all the necessary precautions in place, it is expected that normal businesses are able to resume operations. Further, it is expected that other countries will also follow suit as and when it is safe to do so, provided these countries are able to set an example by reopening the museums and running them successfully amid the crisis.

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