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Italy Starts Reopening: Now The Italians Can Again Have Coffee And Hugs


The Bootland has today launched a cautious reopening of the community after almost two months of closure.

A walk in the park, a shopping trip to an outdoor market or an espresso from the local café.

These are some of the things that are now possible for the Italians for the first time in 55 days. Today, Italy is entering a new phase of dealing with the corona crisis.

In the so-called phase two, the authorities tightened their grip a little and the Italians gained a little more personal freedom.

This means, among other things, that the country’s parks will reopen and that the Italians can now skip cooking and get a takeaway.

At the same time, around four million Italians will be given the opportunity to return to their workplaces , as factories, construction sites and ice cream shops will now have to open again.

Thousands travel home

Although millions of Italians can enjoy the new opportunities, there is still a long way to go to return to old life.

Friendship visits, for example, are still not allowed, and the right to visit family members only applies if it is in the same region .

If using public transport, face masks are mandatory. At the same time, buses must carry only a limited number of passengers, and regional trains run at low speed, as unnecessary travel is not recommended.

The new rules mean that thousands of Italians who have been stranded in northern Italy can return to southern Italy. The vast majority of Italian corona deaths have occurred in northern Italy, and therefore a number of precautions have been put in place.

For example, in the southern Italian metropolis of Naples, all passengers arriving from northern Italy must have measured their temperature.

After that, it stands on two weeks’ home quarantine, where one must inform both his doctor, the health authorities and the municipality about the quarantine address, the Italian media reports Rai.

Possible reopening

Much is at stake for the Italians these days, emphasizes DR correspondent Anna Gaarslev, who is in northern Italy.

It is a very difficult balancing act. In short, the future of Italy is at stake, she says of the Italian reopening.

It is terrible to imagine if the infection breaks down again and you have to close the production that you have now so painstakingly reopened .

“It will be devastating at every level in Italian society,” she says.

Over the past 24 hours , 195 Italians have died as a result of Covid-19. In total, over 29,000 Italians have lost their lives during the corona pandemic.

Source: dr.dk

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