As COVID-19 restrictions ease across the globe, Italy reopens tourist sites such as Vatican museums and the Colosseum of Rome for the public. By Tanvi Jain
Three months after the complete lockdown was declared to curb the rising cases of Coronavirus, Vatican museums in Vatican City, have finally reopened with the required safety and social distancing rules as prescribed by the Italian and Vatican health officials. History enthusiasts can now revisit and once again glance at some of the greatest Renaissance masterpieces, Roman and Egyptian artefacts.
However, in order to avoid overcrowding, the museum has made it mandatory for all the visitors to make online reservations. They will further have to go through thermal scanning before entering the museum, and will also have to wear a mask.
Moreover, the first day of the reopening reportedly witnessed at least 1,600 reservations, which doesn’t come as a surprise because, before the facility of online booking, people used to form long queues outside the museums and wait for hours to enter.
Meanwhile, other than the Vatican museums, the Colosseum in Rome also reopened after being shut for three months, but with limited visitors. As per reports, the officials are now expecting 300, unlike, the pre-COVID-19 time when the colosseum used to accommodate at least 3,000 people at a time.
However, in order to maintain social distancing, visitors are only allowed to enter in groups of 14 at a time, and the staff needs to ensure that the second group doesn’t enter before a time gap of at least 15 minutes.
Moreover, the visitors will have to get their temperatures checked, wear masks, and buy tickets online. The colosseum has also arranged for a full-time medical staff if someone shows any symptoms of the virus.
Other similar sites that have reopened recently, after the easing of restrictions include, Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Pompeii archaeological park, and Florence’s Uffizi gallery.