With about 20,000 daily coronavirus infections and a thousand patients in intensive care units, the President of the Government of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has decided to take more restrictive measures and, from tomorrow, Monday, bars and restaurants will close at 18.00 hours. The objective, Conte explained at a press conference, is to “keep the epidemiological curve under control” and “avoid a second generalized blockade,” which would have serious effects on the national economy.
“We have not introduced a curfew,” said Conte, who urged people to reduce travel as much as possible and not go to other people’s houses. Conte concluded the press conference by saying that he hopes that with the new restrictions it will be possible to better deal with the coming months, also in the face of Christmas holidays.
Faced with this situation, Conte signed a new urgent decree that imposes the closing of swimming pools, gyms, theaters and cinemas and requires closure at 6:00 p.m. at premises, bars and restaurants. After hours of negotiation with the regions that wanted to obtain aid for the owners of bars and restaurants, this new decree was signed, which is valid until November 24.
Mandatory use of masks
The new decree recalls the mandatory use of masks at all times and it is recommended to avoid receiving people who are not cohabiting at home.
Although the national curfew has been avoided, in force in regions such as Lazio -whose capital is Rome-, Campania, Sicily, Calabria and Lombardia, the regions are given the power to close those areas where there may be crowds after 9:00 p.m.
Thes restaurants, bars, pubs, ice cream parlors and pastry shops They may remain open only from 05.00 to 18.00, but they are allowed to open on Sundays and holidays. For the moment, restaurants and bars may open with these hours on Sundays and holidays. Only four people per table are allowed if they are not from the same family nucleus and home delivery up to 24 hours.
The closing of gyms, swimming pools and spas, as well as cultural centers, social centers, recreational centers and bingo halls and casinos and amusement parks, while parks and playgrounds for children remain open.
They close too theaters, cinemas and concert halls also outdoors and all types of organization of events and congresses in presence will be prohibited.
The opening of the ski resorts, especially after the images of this Saturday with long lines and people crowded on the lifts.
The Government did not decree the prohibition to move between regions, but yes “strongly recommends to all persons who do not travel, by public or private means of transport, to a municipality other than that of residence, domicile or domicile, except for proven needs for work or study, for health reasons “.
It also introduces new measures to apply distance learning to at least 75% of students in second-grade secondary education courses, that is, over 14 years of age.
Conte He assured that the measures are already prepared to compensate the owners of activities that will be penalized by these new rules and that the aid “will go directly to bank checking accounts.”
He announced that tax payments for commercials will be suspended in the months of October and November and the second installment of the real estate tax, which expires on December 16.
Before the protests, some of a violent nature, which have occurred in cities such as Rome and NaplesConte assured that he understands anger and rage, but warned that “there can be no room for disorder professionals.”