Reforms Boost Italian Museums

Second Temple of Hera, c. 450 B.C. (Paestum Archaeological Site. Photo courtesy of Paestum and Velia Archaelogical Park.)
Meanwhile, American museums turn political and keep the public out.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I saw an Italian curator friend for lunch on Friday. He told me that most Italian museums outside Lombardy, hit hard by COVID-19, opened in the beginning of June after a shutdown of about ten weeks. No one rushed to reopen to minimize losses in revenue from tourists. The Chinese coronavirus had already killed tourism for the year. Rather, they opened when the Italian government said it was safe and they were ready.

Museum staff used the shutdown to implement the reasonable health protocols needed to welcome people back: frequent hand-sanitizer stations, masks, glass barriers for ticket-takers, and temperature checks. There’s

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