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Italy wants British cultural tourism to bolster economy as museums reopen

Image: Piazza della Repubblica, Rome © Pasgabriele (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Italian Tourist Board has confirmed that from today British visitors will be able to travel to Italy with no quarantine restrictions.

While it will remain mandatory to wear a mask in enclosed spaces, on public transport or anywhere social distancing isn’t possible, Italy is seeking to welcome international tourists to its cultural sites as part of a countrywide effort to restart the economy.

“The tourism industry is one of Italy’s key economy drivers so it is with utmost importance that we open for business as soon as it is safe to do so,” notes Flavio Zappacosta, manager of the Italian Tourist Board for UK and Ireland. “We know how popular Italy is for Brits and hope we can inspire them to start to plan and book an Italian holiday this year.”

A gradual reopening of Italy’s public spaces began on 18th May 2020, with museums, attractions, parks and gardens now allowed to admit visitors once again. Bars and restaurants have also been given the green light to open, contingent on businesses complying with social distancing guidelines and protocols.

15th June will see theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other outdoor spaces given permission to open, once again provided they adhere to government guidance on social distancing for both staff and spectators. Outdoor shows will be allowed to host a maximum of 1,000 spectators, while a limit of 200 will apply for indoor performances.