Even today, almost a year after the onset of the pandemic, culture does not give up and continues to grit its teeth patiently. The online programming of foundations and museums continues unabated, cultural activities on social networks and on the various sites are increasingly numerous. The hope is to keep interest alive, and increasingly shorten the distances imposed on us by anti-contagion restrictions.
Museums, even when closed to the public, aren’t deserted! Within them, research continues to thrive, as do studies, restorations and all other activities.
Italian Minister Roberto Speranza announced that the museums located in the regions in the Yellow zone can reopen. He illustrated the measures contained in the new DCPM which came into force on January 16th.
The openings are optional.
An autonomous decision to open or close, in a tailored way, enables the directors to manage their “own” museum, since each of them is different and has different needs. In this way, those who consider it viable, both from an economic and a security point of view, can open, assuming the responsibilities of the case, who, on the contrary, consider that it is not the case, will waits.
After all, every museum is different, not all are the Uffizi, there are also small city museums with their own balance sheets, not too stable. A risky opening could compromise their existence. In fact, over the years, museums have been calibrated to function and last with a certain flow of public, of events, which are among the main sources of income, as so are customers of other additional services (restaurants, libraries, guided tours). If the minimum number of visitors is lacking, this machine risks malfunctioning, generating additional costs and unsustainable anomalies.
Perhaps the closure of museums is not a plot or a malice against the world of culture, but only a way to protect it.
(Chiara Martine Menchetti)