Italy begins its de-escalation plan on May 4, as announced by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte this weekend. Like the rest of European countries, the first major focus of the pandemic in Europe begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel and its Government works to return the new normal to 60 million Italians. Retail stores will be able to raise the blind again on May 18 and the great event expected by all citizens will be June 1st, when they can go down to the bar again and have a beer. Of course, as long as the trend of the data continues downward and security measures are followed.
What will the “new normal” look like in bars and restaurants? Although there is still nothing official, measures – almost certain – are already being considered disinfection control at the entrance of the premises and a limited capacity of 50%. Italians, like the Spanish and the rest of Europeans, will have to wait to have a drink with friends because meetings between more than two people will continue to be prohibited.
The most striking measure studied by the Conte Government is that of install partitions on restaurant and bar tables. A window that prevents transmission between diners, which could also be accompanied by thermal cameras that measure temperature as it happens in the local restaurants of China.
The Italian Executive has not specified the strictest conditions for the reopening of the hotel business, but has already confirmed that the capacity will not exceed 50% of the local and it will be done respecting the safety distances. Italy accumulates more than 26,000 deaths and almost 200,000 infected by coronavirus.