Northern Italy announces sweeping closures over coronavirus

Deserted streets are pictured in Codogno, southeast of Milan, on February 22, 2020. - Streets were deserted and residents warned to keep out of an emergency room on February 22, 2020 in the Italian town of Codogno placed under lockdown as a second death from coronavirus sparked fears throughout the region. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Schools and a wide range of public events across the northern Italian region of Lombardy will be closed starting Monday in response to the coronavirus outbreak there, regional authorities announced Sunday.

The closures also affect sports and religious events, museums and university classes, the authorities said in a press release.

Milan, the fashion capital of Italy and one of the country’s biggest cities, had already announced it would close its schools starting Monday for a week. The decision came from the office of Mayor Beppe Sala.

Italy’s top soccer league, Serie A, is cancelling at least three games scheduled to be played in Lombardy and the nearby Veneto region: Atalanta vs. Sassuolo, Hellas Verona vs. Cagliari, and Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria. 

And the Giorgio Armani fashion house is holding Sunday’s Women’s Fashion Show behind closed doors, with no spectators, it announced. The show is scheduled for the Armani theater in Milan.

The Laura Biagiotti fashion house is also closing its doors to spectators for its show Sunday at the Piccolo Teatro Studio in Milan.

The Lombardy region has at least 89 cases, according to the head of the country’s Civil Protection agency, Angelo Borrelli.



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