MADRID, 16 (EUROPA PRESS)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced this Saturday that all shops, bars, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen on May 18 as long as they respect the restrictions and protocols necessary to avoid infections imposed by each region.
“The encouraging data confirms that the collective efforts made so far have produced the expected results. The number of people infected, sick and deceased has decreased,” Conte highlighted this Saturday at a press conference.
“Social life will resume. Meetings with friends will resume,” he stressed, while indicating that it is recommended to “always wear a mask” whenever distance cannot be respected. Meetings within one meter are still prohibited.
The decree law approved by the Government is one more step in the reopening and move to the so-called Phase 2. Gyms, psychinas and sports centers will be open from May 25, while from June 3 people will be able to travel between the different regions of the country and the borders will be opened to the countries of the Schengen zone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican. On June 15, cinemas, theaters and beach hotels will reopen.
Regarding the resumption of sports competition and specifically the Serie A of Italian football, Conte has indicated that more certainties are needed, although training will resume from May 18.
“We are taking a calculated risk, aware that the contagion curve may rise again,” Conte explained in statements to the press from his official residence in Rome. “We are taking this risk and we have to accept it. Otherwise, we could not start again. We cannot wait for the vaccine,” he said.
The Italian government has confirmed that 153 people have died in the last 24 hours from the coronavirus pandemic – down from the 246 registered on Friday – which has led to another 875 new infections of the disease (789 on Friday). The total cases already amount to 224,760 and there are a total of 31,763 deaths.