Vatican closes St. Peter's Square, Basilica to tourists due to coronavirus

Reuters

Posted at Mar 11 2020 02:39 AM

Vatican closes St. Peter's Square, Basilica to tourists due to coronavirus 1
A woman speaks with police officer next to deserted St. Peter's Square after a decree orders for the whole of Italy to be on lockdown in an unprecedented clampdown aimed at beating the coronavirus, in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters.

VATICAN CITY - St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica have been closed to tourists and guided groups because of coronavirus but individual members of the faithful can enter the basilica to pray, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

A statement said the Vatican would also be closing its post office in the square, which draws many tourists, as well as its bookstore and photo service. A cafeteria inside the Vatican for employees would also close. All measures will remain in effect until April. 3. 

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Alex Richardson)