Italy reopens entertainment venues while continuing to monitor infections

By Cristina Cabrejas

Rome, Jun 14 (efe-epa).- Italy will enter its third phase of de-escalation from the coronavirus pandemic on Monday which will see theatres, concert halls and cinemas allowed to reopen their doors.

The country was one of the worst affected in Europe and went into lockdown on 9 March, forcing most businesses and premises to close.

Authorities have been gradually easing these restrictions after the outbreak was brought under control in the country.

The government has postponed the reopening of nightclubs and amateur sports clubs while monitoring the rate of infection, which has increased to more than 300 cases a day.

The leisure sector has been the hardest hit by the pandemic, along with tourism, and has been the last sector to restart.

A number of security measures have been imposed which will be impossible for many businesses to comply with, meaning they will not be able to open their doors.

Cinemas have a capacity limit of 200 people in large multiplexes, while for open-air shows up to 1,000 spectators are allowed.

A minimum distance must be maintained between customers but masks can be removed when seated.

Amateur sports teams are not allowed to hold group training until 25 June at the earliest while nightclubs and trade fairs cannot reopen until at least 14 July.

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