Italy shuts down 4 regions as Europe tries lighter lockdowns

  • A city police officer walks in the Vittorio Emanuele II gallery shopping arcade in downtown Milan, Italy, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Lombardy is among the four Italian regions classified as red zones, where a strict lockdown was imposed starting Friday - to be reassessed in two weeks - in an effort to curb the COVID-19 infections growing curve. Starting today, only shops selling food and other essentials are allowed to open. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

MILAN — Luxury fashion boutiques, jewelry shops and most of Milan’s flagship department stores were shuttered Friday, as the center of Italy’s vibrant financial capital fell into a gray quiet on the first day of a partial lockdown in four regions aimed at stopping the coronavirus’s resurgence.