Vatican Museums reopen their doors after longest closure since WWII

After 88 days, the longest closure since World War II, the Vatican Museums reopened their doors – welcoming tourists to see some of Italy’s most famous paintings, including Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. Many museums and restaurants have opened in 16 of Italy’s regions as the country eases its COVID-19 restrictions.

These regions are classified as “low-risk,” being given a “yellow” ranking, allowing some of the region’s businesses to open as long as they follow the national curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Another five regions were classified as “orange,” and are still under tight restrictions, meaning restaurants are only open for takeaway and delivery and the museums are still closed.

While Italy avoided most of Europe’s post-Christmas spike in cases, it is still reporting between 300 and 600 COVID-19 deaths a day.

And some experts, including the World Health Organization, have called the decision to partially ease restrictions premature.

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