The Government of Italy has outlined its plans to ease off the strict restrictions that have been imposed for the last seven weeks for curbing the spread of deadly coronavirus. This comes as a major relief for the citizens as the country recorded its lowest death toll on a per-day basis, since the middle of March. Italy has been one of the worst affected countries, suffering from numerous deaths and a massive amount of people infected. Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Italy said that the relaxation in restrictions would come forth from 4th May.
Limited Reopening In Sight With Relaxations Across Other European Countries As Well
Italy has decided to reopen their parks but it will take some time for the schools to restart their classes and as things stand, they would not be able to resume before September.
As far as the world’s latest news is concerned, on Sunday, Italy reported 260 new virus-affected deaths. This is quite significant as it happens to be the lowest daily figure since March 14. Despite this, the total now stands at 26,644 which happens to be the highest official toll in Europe.
As per the data provided by Johns Hopkins University, the confirmed cases in Italy stand at 197,675. The encouraging sign is that there has been a constant fall in the number of cases and so, concerned authorities feel that the contagion rate is sufficiently low to take a cautious approach in relaxing the restrictions.
The Announcements That Have Been Made So Far
While speaking to the media, Prime Minister Conte clearly outlined how Italy would start with the second phase of lifting their coronavirus lockdown. This has come up as a major world news update for others to take note of.
The measures suggest that people would be permitted to move around within their regions but not between two different regions. Resumption of funerals will take place, though only a maximum of 15 people can be present at a time and ideally they must be carried out outdoors.
Other than these, individual athletes will be allowed to get started with their training schedule. The relaxation also allows players to indulge in sporting activities not just in the vicinity of their houses but also in wider regions.
Restaurants along with bars would open up their operations only for takeaway service from the 4th of May. It also outlines that people can only consume their food by being in their homes or within their office complexes.
Dine-in services for beauty salons, hairdressers, bars as well as restaurants are expected to resume from 1st June. On the other hand, more retail outlets are all set to reopen on 18th May along with the libraries and museums.
Complete Focus On Social Distancing
Prime Minister, Mr. Conte has put great stress on maintaining the social distancing measures even after lockdown measures are eased off. He has categorically mentioned the importance of continuing with social distancing for several months.
People have been asked to stay at least one meter away from each other.