In Turin, protesters threw Molotov cocktails at law enforcement, tear gas was used against protesters in Milan, and violence was reported in Naples, where protests took place for several days. Demonstrations also took place in Rome and Palermo, the BBC reports.
The demonstrations began shortly after the government announced the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms and cinemas starting at 6 p.m. However, most stores will remain open.
In several regions, such as Lombardy and Piedmont, night-time mobility restrictions have been introduced.
Although the first national quarantine, imposed in the spring of this year, was peacefully accepted by the population, the new measures were immediately challenged. Small firms complain that they are still trying to recover from quarantine and that other restrictions could lead to their bankruptcy.
Luxury shops in central Turin, including a Gucci one, were devastated by the crowds that occupied the streets after the new rules came into force. Demonstrators used pyrotechnic and fumigating objects, and police responded with tear gas.
The Milanese chanted “Freedom!” during clashes with police in the city center. The capital of the Lombardy region has been severely affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
The new restrictive measures are in force until November 24. During this period, 75% of Italian high schools and universities will take place online. The regional governments demanded that all courses be held at a distance, but the Minister of Education, Lucia Azzolina, objected.
The government also urged people not to travel outside their cities of residence unless absolutely necessary and to avoid using public transport as much as possible.
“I think we will suffer a little this month, but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions we will be able to breathe again in December,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday.
New restrictions have been imposed in several European countries after the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections increased considerably.
In France, health experts have warned that the number of daily cases could be 100,000, double the officially announced figures. French authorities have also imposed night-time mobility restrictions in major cities, including Paris. France is the first European country to have more than 1.1 million infections since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of deaths associated with Covid-19 exceeded 34,700.
In Brussels, gyms have been closed, shops are open until 20:00, and wearing a mask outside the home is mandatory. These measures are in force until 19 November. Doctors in the Belgian city of Liège were asked to work even though they were diagnosed with Covid-19.
The Czech Republic has introduced traffic restrictions, which came into force on Tuesday night and will be maintained for two weeks. No one can leave the home between 21:00 and 05:00, with a few exceptions. All shops will be closed on Sundays and on other days from 20:00.
Spain has declared a state of national emergency and imposed night-time traffic restrictions. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the mobility restrictions, which came into force on Saturday night, are imposed for the time interval 23:00 – 06:00. Traffic between certain regions is also banned, after Aragon, Asturias, the Basque Country, Navarra and La Rioja have decreed quarantine, and travel between localities is limited.
Since the beginning of the epidemic here, Spain has recorded more than 1.09 million contaminations and over 35,000 deaths.
Globally, more than 43.5 million cases of infection and more than 1.15 million deaths have been reported in Wuhan, China, since the discovery of the new coronavirus at the end of last year, according to Johns University. Hopkins.