In a post on Twitter, culture minister Dario Franceschini said the government's technical scientific committee (CTS), which advises on public health measures, had given the green light for the potential reopening of cinemas and theatres at the end of next month.
Il confronto con il CTS e le integrazioni ai protocolli di sicurezza potranno consentire, in zona gialla, la riapertura di teatri e cinema dal 27 marzo, Giornata mondiale del teatro, e l’accesso ai musei su prenotazione anche nei week end. pic.twitter.com/xpNsLUfWE6
— Dario Franceschini (@dariofrance) February 26, 2021
Franceschini said the reopening would coincide with World Theatre Day, and added that museums in yellow zones would be allowed to open at weekends.
At the moment, museums and archeological sites in Italy can open on weekdays in yellow' zones only. Cinemas and theatres are closed nationwide.
However the final decision on whether the reopenings go ahead will come when Italian prime minister Mario Draghi announces the contents of the nextt emercendy decree, due next week.
The decree is expected to be approved by March 5th and will stay in place until April 6th, health minister Roberto Speranza said.
The CTS said that reopenings would depend on the contagion curve, and would require restrictions including the mandatory use of masks, distancing, temperature checks and increased sanitation.