‘Public Spaces Are Now Dreaded Places’: Life in Italy’s Lockdown

Streets are empty in big cities and small towns alike. Stores are closed and fear reigns. The virus is an invisible enemy that seems to be lurking everywhere, on everything, on every person. Public spaces are now dreaded places. In lines waiting to buy food at supermarkets and smaller shops, people stand at a distance. It’s not uncommon to hear grumbling if someone strays too close.

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