What Italians can, cannot do in Phase 2 of lockdown de-escalation

Rome, May 4 (efe-epa).- Italy has begun Phase 2 of its lockdown de-escalation on Monday which will see some measures easing and activities relaunching.

Here is a breakdown of what Italians can and cannot do:

WORK: Manufacturing of products like textiles and fashion items, construction and the wholesale trade linked to active sectors will resume activities with 4.4 million people expected to return to work.

HOSPITALITY: Bars and restaurants can only resume business with home deliveries or takeaways. They are expected to reopen on 1 June if the progression of infections and deaths continues a downward trend.

RETAIL: All shops that have not already been authorized to operate (currently food, personal hygiene, kiosks, pharmacies, tobacconists, bookstores, children’s and baby clothing stores, and plant and flower shops are the only open shops), will remain closed until 18 May.

VISITING RELATIVES: Visits to loved ones will be allowed although a ban on gathering remains in place. The government has specified that “loved ones” includes spouses and long term partners. The measure excludes friends.

MOBILITY: Travel for the existing authorised reasons, which include work and health, will only be allowed within the same region of a person’s residence.

SECOND HOMES: Italians will not be allowed to travel to second homes. The only reason why people could be authorized to visit a second residence would be to carry out maintenance work and only if the house is located within the region the person lives in permanently.

PEOPLE WHO ARE AWAY FROM HOME: Students or workers who were caught in another city or town when the lockdown was implemented will now be able to return to their home or primary place of residence. Once they do so, they will not be able to return to the region they travelled from.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The rules that will determine the reopening of transport services will be managed regionally although respecting social distancing is obligatory across the country. Fewer numbers of passengers on vehicles and trains will be the norm and all users will have to wear masks and in some regions disposable gloves.

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