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Italy Set To Reopen From May 18

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. (Photo: Mediaset)

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has just announced that bars, restaurants, barbershop, beauty shop, team sports activities, museums and other activities will reopen on May 18.

The announcement was made after more than two months Italy implemented a national lockdown order to prevent the spread of the acute respiratory infections COVID-19.

According to the Italian Civil Protection Agency, as of May 16, the total number of COVID-19 cases in this country was 224,760 cases, of which the number of deaths was 31,763 and the total number of recovered persons is 122,810.

After a virtual meeting between the government of Italy and local authorities, the Prime Minister Conte said that the government have concluded on the new decree with specific provisions to reopen as from May 18.

Under the new decree, as of May 18, Italians can freely move within the region without having to confirm the reason for the move themselves, but they must ensure a safe distance of 1M. 

However swimming pools and gyms will reopen as from 25th May while Cinema’s will reopen from June 15th. The Prime Minister Comte had also advised the people to endeavor to wear their face masks at home and also while going out especially to places that has no guarantee of safe distance.

Interstate and international travels especially allowing citizens from European countries to enter Italy will resume as from 3rd June, 2020.

Italian Prime Minister Conte said the disease curve was very positive, but he asserted:
"We are facing the risk of taking into account the perception that the disease curve may rise again."
Conte also said:
"This will pave the way for tourism recovery, but people need to be especially cautious in epidemic areas like Lombardy, which is still facing a tough battle with the virus.

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