In light of the recent shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican has announced today that it has already begun closing off areas of the Vatican for the upcoming Conclave.
Here is the communication received by the Vatican:
Closure of the Sistine Chapel
In order to accommodate the forthcoming Conclave, the Sistine Chapel will remain closed to the public from 1.00 p.m. of Tuesday 5 March until further notice. During the same period, the Borgia Apartment and the Collection of Modern Religious Art will not be included in visits to the Vatican Museums.
Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in some 600 years, and only the second ever in the history of the Vatican to step down from the role. The Vatican is hoping to have instated a new pope before Easter.