The Vatican Museums are preparing to reopen by reservation only with new health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to the general secretary of Vatican City State.
“For the incoming public, we are completing the installation of some thermal scanners for detecting temperature,” Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga said in an interview published May 9 by L’Osservatore Romano.
“Clearly, it will not be possible to welcome large groups for a long time,” he said.
Entrance to the museums will only be possible via prior reservation to limit the number of people in the museum and stagger entrance times, and all visitors will be required to wear a mask.
The Vatican Museums have been closed for nine weeks since the Italian government announced the closure of all museums and archaeological sites throughout the country on March 8.
The Vatican Museums receive millions of visitors each year, and generated around $87 million annually as of 2015, half of which was surplus revenue for Vatican City, according to the Economist. In the months that the museums have been closed due to the pandemic, Vatican City has likely lost millions of dollars in revenue.
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