Italy closes all ski resorts as nation in coronavirus lockdown

Italy Dolomites. Photo credit: Marco Capillari/Shutterstock

Lombardy based ski resorts in Italy, including Livigno, announced closure until April 3 yesterday due to the Italian government’s decree for quarantine in the region to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

Now all resorts in Italy will close as the entire country has today been put into lockdown by the government in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. 

The death toll from the coronavirus in Italy escalated in the last twenty four hours (97 in a day) to 463. Over eighty percent of the deaths from coronavirus in Italy are aged between 70 and 90.

The decree, announced today, commences on Tuesday and has been put in place to “defend the most fragile members of Italian society.”

The Prime Minister announced restrictions on all public gatherings and no citizen movement other than for work and emergencies.

People have been advised to stay at home unless they have solid reasons related to work, health or other special needs. Restaurants and cafes have also been advised to close at dusk, sporting events have been suspended and schools and universities closed. 

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