Giorgio Armani has decided to temporarily close down its luxury hotel, restaurants and all its boutiques in Milan, the company announced Tuesday evening, in reaction to the rapid spread of coronavirus in Italy.
The decisions come 16 days after the 85-year-old Armani staged his signature runway collection behind closed doors on Sunday, February 23, during the final day of important shows for Milan Fashion Week.
“Due to the recent development of the coronavirus outbreak in the Lombardy region, and in continuity with the preventative measures adopted so far to safeguard the health of the employees and customers, the Armani Group announces the temporary closing of the Milan boutiques, restaurants and Hotel,” the house said in a terse statement.
It did not give any further information about how long these closures would last. The move comes less than 24 hours after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced drastic measures to place Italy in lockdown as it attempts to gain control in the battle against Covid-19. The latest count shows that the virus has claimed 463 lives and infected 9,172 people in the country so far.