The Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has signed this Sunday the new package of restriction measures against coronavirus in the country, effective as of Monday and for a month, and which includes the closure of bars and restaurants from 6:00 p.m., as well as cinemas, theaters, gyms, and concert and conference halls.
Bars and restaurants will be allowed to operate after the stipulated time but only for food delivery service. The museums will remain open, but with limits on the number of visitors. In addition, indoor and outdoor parties, including religious celebrations, are prohibited. The maximum number of people in a house is set at six and it is pointed out that it is “recommended” not to receive those who are not living together.
In the related to schoolPresence is maintained for infant, primary and secondary education, although in the latter case 75% of the activities will be distance learning.
The draft decree also “strongly recommends that all natural persons do not travel by public or private means of transport to another municipality other than that of residence except for work, study, health reasons or situations of need “.
The government is fighting a second rising wave of Covid infections. This Saturday, the daily number of infections rose to a record 19,644 and daily deaths rose to 151, the highest in the last five months.
Business groups have complained about the new restrictions and there were violent protests in Naples and Rome this Saturday against the night curfews already in force.
In the capital, around 200 masked protesters belonging to the neo-fascist group Forza Nuova protesting the curfew clashed with riot control forces. Seven protesters were arrested and two policemen were injured, according to the newspaper The Republic.
Giuseppe Spadafora, the deputy director of Unimpresa, an association that represents small and medium-sized companies, has asked “immediate aid” for all sectors affected by the mandatory closures, which could receive the “knockout”.