AP PHOTOS: After more than 19 months, Milan clubs to reopen

Oct 8, 2021, 11:59 PM | Updated: Oct 10, 2021, 9:30 am

MILAN (AP) — With Italy’s vaccination campaign now advanced, the government has finally given the green light for nightclubs to reopen next week. It’s been a long wait.

Glasses remain stacked upside down at Milan’s Rocket Club, more than 19 months after the city’s club scene was shut down following detection — just an hour away — of the first local transmission of coronavirus in the West.

The Rocket Club was a centerpiece for the indie, underground and techno scene in Italy’s financial and fashion capital since 2003, moving to its present location in the Navigli canal district in 2013.

But music has not resonated through the cavernous hall since Feb. 22, 2020.

Manager Davide Volonte recalls the surreal mood as the first masked clients appeared and of the last night before the the Italian government’s shutdown order came into effect. It was two days after the first person known to have acquired the coronavirus in Italy was diagnosed – within Milan’s commuter belt in the Lombardy town of Codogno.

At the time, most club owners were convinced the shutdown would just last some weeks. ”Everything was new and it was the same situation for everyone,” Volonte said, recalling a sense of confusion more than worry.

But even when Italy’s lockdown eased in the summer of 2020, nightclubs remained mostly closed and have yet to reopen — unlike restaurants, cinemas and theaters. Only clubs with outdoor spaces have been allowed to function as cocktail bars, but not for dancing.

Rocket Club owner Massimiliano Ruffolo opened the Rocket Bar for the summer of 2020. But when another lockdown came at the end of the summer, he sold the bar.

“Void” is perhaps the most famous techno club in the region. Created by DJ Richey V, whose real name is Francesco Orcese, it was briefly Milan’s unmissable Thursday night meeting point.

Orcese said the early days of closure, which led into a regional then national lockdown within weeks, at first seemed a holiday from his busy calendar. Depression set in as the summer of 2020 turned to fall, and there was no sign nightlife would return. He filled his hours reading books, watching films, working out and writing and producing his own music.

Orcese said he moved ”from anguish and depression to actual rage, feeling like an inmate who doesn’t know his release date.” Alternating lockdowns and curfews ”completely killed the night,´´ he said.

As of Monday, venues can open at 50% capacity indoors, and at 75% capacity in the open air.

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AP PHOTOS: After more than 19 months, Milan clubs to reopen