Open, don't reopen? The worry of Italian museums after the lockdown

Government measures to restart after lockdown in Italy provide for reopening museums and exhibitions on May 18th. There is a great debate going on at the moment because most of the public and private institutions and private organizers of exhibitions consider the reopening uneconomical if they have to follow the security measures and also allow public access by respecting the social distance. They say that the cost of keeping a museum open is more expensive than the value of the tickets they can sell.

It is sad to think that exactly one year ago, May 18th 2019, there was the last “European Night of Museums” with a large attendance of public.

It will take a while before we see a crowd like this in front of the Primavera …

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