The Italian Government has declared a virtual ghetto in the northern part of the country, with entry and exit being tightly controlled and internal movements regulated to clamp down on the alarming spread of Coronavirus.
Milan and Venice are affected.
People in Lombardy and 14 provinces will require official permits before they can travel.
All public performances have been cancelled.
The measures apply until April.
They are thought to be the most severe peacetime controls applied anywhere in western Europe since 1945.