Italian Theaters to Reopen At Full Capacity

By Francisco Salazar

The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi has approved the relaxation of protection measures for cultural sites, sports facilities, and entertainment centers.

The Primer Minister announced that on Oct. 11 all theater venues would be able to open at 100 percent capacity. Meanwhile, stadiums are able to seat 75 percent while sports complexes will be able to seat 60 percent. Clubs and discos will be able to reopen with 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent outdoors.

The government, however, noted that entry will be allowed for those with a Green Pass proving vaccination. The venues will also need to use a mask.

The news comes as Italian Opera theaters are beginning their 2021-22 seasons. The opera world closed its doors on Feb. 22, 2020, and has since begun gradually reopening. The cultural industry opened on June 15, 2020, and was restricted to outdoor performances.

Indoor theaters slowly reopened in the fall but were closed again on Oct 25, 2020, and were limited to performing streamed operas. In the spring of 2021, theaters slowly reopened with the Greenpass campaign.