Italian gallery introduces tags to keep visitors 1.5 metres apart by vibrating and lighting up if they get too close
- Accademia Carrara Museum in Bergamo is issuing visitors with an electronic tag
- The Fidelitas Distance will ensure that visitors remain at least 1.5 metres away
- It comes after the establishment reopened its doors to the public on May 22
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Electronic tags are being issued to visitors at a renowned art gallery in Italy after it reopened its doors to the public this weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Accademia Carrara Museum in Bergamo, which opened its doors on May 22 after more than ten weeks in lockdown, has asked visitors to wear electronic tags to ensure they remain at least 1.5 metres away from others while inside.
The mandatory device, which is called a Fidelitas Distance, will warn wearers if they are too close to other visitors using a vibration and a LED light and is hoped to help control the spread of the virus which has now claimed the lives of 32,735 in the country.
The Accademia Carrara Museum in Bergamo, Italy, is issuing visitors with an electronic tag (pictured is visitors wearing the tag) to ensure they remain at least 1.5 metres away from others
The mandatory device will be issued to visitors upon entrance into the building and will help the public observe social distancing guidelines
The Fidelitas Distance device will be able to detect if visitors are not abiding by the social distancing measures
The gallery, which was founded by Count Giacomo Carrara in 1796, has also asked that visitors wear a mask or covering over their nose and mouth and has reduced the number of people who can enter the building at one time.
Visitors will also have their temperatures checked upon entry to the museum and will have to place their belongings inside a bag which will then be stored inside a wardrobe at the museum.
In addition to the stringent safety measures, only those with disabilities and walking difficulties will be able to use the building’s lifts.
Hand sanitising stations will also be placed at various points across the museum.
The new rules come as the Vatican Museum also prepares to open its doors from June 1.
Last week it was revealed that Italy, the first European country to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, had seen its daily coronavirus death toll fall below 100 for the first time in more than two months.
The art gallery, which was founded by Count Giacomo Carrara in 1796, has reopened its doors after more than ten weeks in lockdown
A member of staff places the electronic bracelet onto a visitor after the museum opened on May 22
The museum has also placed hand sanitising stations across the building in an effort to control the spread of the virus
Italy recorded 119 new deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic on Saturday against 130 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said.
The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on February 21 now stands at 32,735, the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the U.S and Britain.
This weekend, Italians were seen flocking to the country’s many outdoor spaces as the government set out steps to edge out of lockdown and enter ‘phase two’ of the lockdown.
The public came out of their homes across the nation during Phase Two of lockdown, with people seen sitting at restaurants and celebrating their first mass in Turin.
Previously, Italians were only allowed to venture within a few hundred metres of their door in order to buy essential goods or to carry out exercise.
People sit in an open seating area at a restaurant in Turin, Italy, as the country enters ‘phase two’ of its lockdown
In Turin today people attended mass by the parish priest Don Carlo Chiomento, of the Community of Candiolo, after more than two months of lockdown
Italy’s new rules for ‘phase two’ of the lockdown
Italy has now started to lift its near-two-month lockdown.
Previously, Italians were only allowed to venture within a few hundred metres of their door for essential exercise or food shopping.
People faced questioning, fines and even prison sentences if they were found outdoors without valid reason.
Restrictions are now starting to be eased and Italians are allowed to leave for:
WORK: Manufacturing and construction resumed on May 4, allowing an estimated 4.4million people to return to work, but many businesses are still closed.
SHOPS: Most non-essential shops are still shut. However, a small selection including bookstores and children’s clothes stores opened on a trial basis during the lockdown, and bicycle dealers are expected to be added to that list ‘very soon’.
BARS AND RESTAURANTS: Can now open for takeaway services only.
MEETING FAMILY MEMBERS: People are now allowed to leave their homes to ‘visit relatives and other loved ones’, but not friends. They will have to wear masks and ‘big family gatherings’ are not permitted.
TRAVEL: People are still banned from travelling outside the region where they live. There is an exception for students and workers who were marooned in a different region when the lockdown began, if they now want to return home. Regional authorities are responsible for ensuring social distancing on public transport.
PARKS AND EXERCISE: Parks have re-opened for jogging and exercise, although children’s playgrounds are still closed. People are allowed to drive somewhere to take exercise there.
UNIVERSITIES: Can hold exams and degree ceremonies if social distancing is respected. Laboratories can also re-open.
FUNERALS: Up to 15 mourners are now allowed to gather for a funeral, but must wear masks.