The number of visitors to the Uffizi in the first half of August increased by 70 percent compared to the previous year. The director of the museum in Florence, Eick Schmidt, reported Friday, according to the Italian news agency (ANSA). Schmidt said that more than 157,000 visitors came to the museum in the first half of this month. That’s just 23 percent less than the “golden year 2019”, which was a particularly positive year.
“Recovery after the pandemic is going really well. From May to today, we’ve had consistent growth and it’s going on. Not even the green lane has been an issue. Our visitors arrive prepared, with a vaccination certificate or evidence of negative Covid-tests,” Schmidt said.
New coronavirus protection rules have been in place in Italy since August 6. These tests provide vaccination, proof of recovery, or a current negative Covid-19 test for access to indoor public spaces – such as restaurants and museums – for all people aged 12 and over. The green fairway should also be offered at many outdoor events, concerts, or sporting events.
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