The Covid-19 pandemic is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak first emerged in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019 and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.
Covid-19 heavily affected tourism, and the case of the Italian seaside region ‘Riviera Romagnola’ is emblematic. Half-empty beaches, face masks, closed or deserted hotels and urbanization works postponed from winter are the image of an atypical start of the tourist season in this vacation hotspot.
Bologna in lockdown for Covid-19 
In Bologna, as in the rest of Italy, a nationwide lockdown was declared on 9 Mar 2020 and gradually lifted between 4 May and 15 Jun 2020.
A nationwide lockdown was declared on 9 Mar 2020 and gradually lifted between 4 May and 15 Jun 2020. This gallery documents different temporary closure signs on Bologna’s shop doors during the lockdown.
April 25th, Bologna (Italy). The celebrations for the 75th anniversary of Italy's Liberation from fascism are different from those of the previous years. For the first time in history, Italy cannot celebrate its April 25th street demonstrations.