STA, 28 April 2020 - Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti indicated at the government's regular coronavirus briefing on Tuesday that, the situation permitting, galleries, museums and libraries could start opening at the beginning of May.
While all culture activities and institutions have been confined to the internet since mid-March, Simoniti said Slovenia was successful in limiting the spread of coronavirus and was starting to soften lockdown restrictions in individual areas.
The beginning of May could thus potentially see galleries, museums, libraries and potentially also some other institutions opening their doors, he said.
However, this still depends on forthcoming reports and recommendations by health experts, the minister added.
Meanwhile, Simoniti feels the ministry had done a good job in mitigating the impact of the crisis on culture workers, with funding secured for institutions despite the production hiatus along with benefits for precarious workers in the sector.
"I hope we've provided at least the basics that prevent anyone from being gravely hurt and activities from dying in any field so that full operations in culture and the arts can be restored once the disease is removed and all the restrictions are lifted," he said.
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