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Italy govt okays reopening of bars, restaurants next week

  • Italy to reopen bars and restaurants from next week. Photo Pablo Munini @pablomunini
    Bars, restaurants, hairdressing and beauty salons will reopen across Italy from May 18. Italy to reopen bars and restaurants from next week. Photo Pablo Munini @pablomunini
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Premier Giuseppe Conte's government has agreed to demands from Italy's regions for an acceleration of phase two of the coronavirus emergency, ANSA reported.

As a result, regional governments will be able to give the OK for bars, restaurants, hairdressers, barbers and beauty parlours to open from Monday, May 18.

According to the government's previous plan, these businesses were not to be allowed to open until June 1.
But now it will be possible for them to open on Monday when Italy's other shops are set to reopen too.
The central government, however, will be able to intervene if there is a new upswing in COVID-19 contagions.

The move, announced by the government late last night, came after pressure from regional leaders to be allowed to establish their own reopening plan.

Safety measures will need to be implemented before the establishments can open, with restaurants required to set distances of four meters between diners.

There were 744 new cases of coronavirus in Italy on Monday - the lowest daily rise since 4 March. Deaths rose by 179 to 30,739.