Italy to close the busiest areas of its cities to stop the virus


Sunday, October 18, 2020 –

“We cannot waste time to avoid a new general confinement, the country cannot afford it”, justified Conte.

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Italian mayors may close the busiest areas of their cities, such as the festivities, in case of agglomeration to stop the infections, recently triggered, according to the Prime Minister announced today, Giuseppe Conte.

The councilors may take this measure from 9:00 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT) if they detect that in a certain area an agglomeration of people is generated, as in the night party areas, according to the last decree approved this Sunday.

“We cannot waste time to avoid a new general confinement, the country can’t afford it“Conte justified at a press conference by illustrating these measures focused on regulating life in bars, restaurants, gyms and schools, among other spaces.

“The mayors order the closure to the public, after 9:00 p.m., of streets and squares of the cities where agglomerations are created,” the text reads, although allow those who visit their shops to enter the area “legitimately open” or to their addresses.

The new decree, valid until November 13, comes when Italy registers an average of about 9,000 daily infections Since the last week after a quiet summer and today 11,705 new positives were detected, the highest number for the pandemic in the country, although many more tests are now being carried out than at the beginning.

The Government agreed on these measures with the representatives of the regions, who opposed proposals that had sounded in recent days as the closing of gyms and swimming pools, something that has not finally been carried out.

However Conte has given these sports centers a period of one week to strictly respect the health protocols: “If not, I will advance it, next week we will be forced to close them“the prime minister advised.

This Sunday’s decree provides modifications to another one approved on October 13 with which it was forced to close restaurants and bars before midnight, something that is still in force, and at 9:00 p.m. in case they do not have table service.

However, from now on restaurants, refrigerators, bars, pubs or bars that do not allow their customers to sit down must close at 18.00 (16.00 GMT), although home delivery is still allowed.

In restaurants also Only a maximum of six people can sit at the same table. The gaming, betting and bingo halls can only be open until nine at night.

In the decree of October 13, the so-called amateur contact sport, the typical game between friends, is already prohibited, something that remains in the same way, and now dilettantes or beginners competitions are also suspended.

Likewise, the typical gastronomic fairs will not be allowed, the congresses will be held electronically and all the meetings of the Administracin Pblica They will be at a distance unless impossible.

Regarding the educational system, the lessons in primary schools will continue to be face-to-face, considering them “a fundamental asset”, but already from secondary school “more flexible methods will be favored” and entries will be organized in shifts.

The prime minister acknowledged that he understands the sacrifices of the businessmen affected by this measure but promised help.

Italy stay in a state of emergency until January 31 next year.

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