Despite the alert for some cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19 virus) in the region of Lombardy, the city DOES NOT stop its regular activity. If you are travelling to Milan or planning your visit, you just need to keep in mind some simple, yet fundamental rules. We are keeping you up-to-date in case of new deliberations from the Italian institutions and Milan's Municipality.
Last updated 5 March 2020
Some regions of Italy have reportedly announced some citizens positive to the Coronavirus (Covid-19 virus). The various regions, to analyse the situation and the study the possible early symptoms and avoid further transmission have issued some special resolutions for the week starting on 23 February until 1 March, some of which have been reconfirmed also for the week from 2 to 8 March. This means that some museums (including the Teatro alla Scala, whose performances are suspended until 11 March), cinemas, schools are closed on this week, as well as sports events, concerts and theatre performances are suspended just on the abovementioned periods. However, there is NO NEED TO PANIC, as these were just safety measures to avoid the gathering of large numbers of people in crowded and closed spaces and to avoid any possible transmission while analysing the positive cases. From 3 March museums such as Musei del Castello Sforzesco, Museo del Novecento, GAM/Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Museo Archeologico, MUDEC/Museo delle Culture – Collezione Permanente, Palazzo Moriggia/Museo del Risorgimento, Museo di Storia Naturale, Acquario civico, Palazzo Morando/Costume Moda Immagine, Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano, Casa della Memoria re-open their doors to guided tours and visits according to their regular opening hours. Please note that the Duomo has re-opened its doors on 2 March for visits from small groups up to 10 people.
If you had already planned your trip to Milan for business or leisure, don’t worry, you can still enjoy your visit to the city and to the beauties of Lombardy. Please keep also in mind that airports are open and flights are regular. You just need to follow the key rules provided by the Italian Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore della Sanità) on simple hygienic rules (see below).
What can you do on your visit
In case you had previously booked a ticket for football matches, theatre shows or guided tours to museums and exhibitions, you can contact the provider of your ticket to ask possible ticket refunds or to switch dates – whenever possible.
However, please note that you can still stroll through the city and its centre to admire Milan’s landmarks from the outside or enjoy shopping for your favourite items – be it luxury menswear, womenswear, shoes, bags, accessories and jewellery, as well as design items – in the Fashion Quad and in the city centre. Department stores, shopping malls and outlets are open on weekdays and closed only at weekends.
Moreover, as railway service is not affected by the special resolutions (except for small regional trains to connect Milan with some neighbouring smaller cities) you can opt to take a train to admire the beauty of the lakes of Lombardy or visit the cities of Como, Lecco, Bellagio and more to take advantage of the sunny days.
Bars and restaurants...are open!
When in Milan, please remember also that after a two-day opening hour reduction (bars were opened from the morning until 6pm), the majority of the bars and restaurants in the city are open following their ordinary opening hours. Just keep in mind that, for safety measures you can order and enjoy your favourite drinks or snacks from a bar just by sitting at a table and not standing at the counter. Restaurant as well are open for both lunch and dinner, including Michelin Starred restaurants. Moreover, some restaurants in city, especially in the centre, have agreed to welcome guests with a 10% discount on all specialities listed on the menu.
The list of bars and restaurants that re-opened their doors according to their ordinary opening hours includes: Antica Focacceria San Francesco; Basara; Bhangrabar; Bomaki; Bowls and More; Briscola – Pizza Society; Bun – The Abnormal Burger; Caffè Napoli; Chinesebox; Cioccolatitaliani; Cocciuto; Deseo; East River American Pub; El Carnicero; El Porteno; Flower Burger; Foorban; Ghe Sem; Glovo; God Save the Food; Ham Holy Burger; Hamerica’s; I love poke; Il Mannarino; Iyo; Jazz Café; Kalamaro; L’Ov Milano; La Birreria Italiana; La Cantina del Giannone; La Filetteria Italiana; La Mantia; La Piadineria; La Risotteria Italiana; La Tartina; Lievità; Living; Long Island Navigli; Macha; Manhattan; Milano Restaurant Group; Muu muuzzarella; Nima Sushi; Nuda e Cruda; Osteria Brunello; Panini Durini; Panino Giusto; Pescaria; Pie – Pizzeria Italiana Espressa; Pills Pub; Pisco; Pizzium; Poke House; Pokeria by Nima; Poku by Bomaki; Refeel; Riccione; Riccione Bistrot; Rossopomodoro; Sapori Solari; Signorvino; Spiller; Spontini; SwissCorner; T’Amo Burger; T’Amo Pasta; Taverna Visconti; That’s Vapore; This is not a Sushi Bar; Twin’s Café.
Key hygienic rules
Either you are moving on public transport – be it the underground, buses, trams and also trains – or on taxis and other mobility solutions you should follow these basic hygienic rules.
– wash you hands many times, with water and soap at least for 20 seconds
– avoid contact with people suffering from severe respiratory issues
– don’t touch your eyes, mouth and nose with your hands
– cover your mouth and nose if you happen to be coughing or sneezing
– do not take antibiotics or anti-viral medicines unless under a doctor’s prescription
– clean surfaces with alcohol or chlorine-based products
– use a mask only if you doubt being ill or assist ill people
– remember that Made in China products and boxes from China are not dangerous
– in case you travelled from China in the last 14 days and happen to have flu or cough, please contact T: 1500
– pets and animals, in general, do not take and transmit the virus
When visiting museums or at public spaces, please pay attention to keep a 1.8/2-meter-distance both ahead and behind you, even when queueing at the ticket office.