The Italian government on Saturday issued a decree on the gradual opening of the economy, after several months of severe restrictive measures imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions will be lifted gradually. From Monday, residents are allowed to move freely within the region of residence. The Vatican also plans to hold the first mass after the quarantine with the participation of the faithful.
Starting on June 3, international flights will open. The government hopes this will have a positive impact on Italy’s tourism industry, which has been hit hard by a sharp drop in tourist flows due to the pandemic.
Starting from May 4, the work of factories has already resumed in the country, and parks for visitors have been opened.
Shops and restaurants should open on May 18, subject to social distancing.
Italy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 31,600 people have died from the virus in the country, according to the Johns Hopkins Institute. Recently, the number of new cases of coronavirus infection in the country has decreased.
Other European countries have also begun to gradually remove restrictions on economic activity. So Greece has opened the beaches since Saturday, May 16.