I’ve been living in Rome for years, and I’ve never seen it a deserted as it’s been the past week.
For just over a week now, we’ve been in lockdown from the corona virus.
Lockdown was gradual.
First it was school kids at home, then most workers were shifted to teleworking.
Soon restaurants, shops, theatres, cinemas, hair salons, gyms, sports facilities, and shopping malls shut down. Cafes could be open, but only until 6 pm.
Parks were closed and police patrols began. Now, people should only be going out to go to the supermarket, let in in small numbers and staying at least a meter apart.
#Iorestoacasa (I’m staying home) is the trending hashtag.
Hardly exciting, but necessary to slow the spread of this virus. Obviously, we’re all eager to do what we can to be able to resume normal life once again.
In the meantime, it takes some getting used to this quiet Rome, with almost no cars, few people on the streets, utter silence at night and fresh, country air.
While not many would lament the better quality of air, I think we all agree that we want our old Rome back.