COVID-19 in Italy: New Curfew Imposed for Holidays
Italy approved new restrictions on Thursday to avoid a new surge in coronavirus infections during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Under current curbs, which will remain in place, the country is divided into three zones with restrictions calibrated according to infection rates.
Gyms, cinemas and theatres are closed nationwide, with restaurants and bars must shut at 6 p.m. and all high school classes are held remotely.
The new measures include:
- From Dec. 21 to Jan. 6 movement between regions will only be allowed for work, medical reasons or emergencies. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, Italians will not be able to leave their towns.
- Anyone entering Italy from abroad must quarantine for 14 days.
The curfew also does not permit the traditional Christmas midnight mass, which must be brought forward to early evening.
Ski resorts will remain closed to amateur skiers until Jan. 7, when they can reopen if they have adopted security protocols to avoid large gatherings. All cruises will be suspended from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6.
Face-to-face teaching will be reintroduced for 75% of high school classes from Jan. 7. The rest will remain online. Younger children will continue to attend school in person as they do at present./Reuters
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