How is Italy ‘restarting’ the journey to ‘an almost normal’ life

epa08428550 People walking and biking in Paul VI square during the Phase 2 of the Covid-19 emergency, in Brescia, Italy, 17 May 2020. Countries around the world are taking increased measures to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/Filippo Venezia

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The new Decreto on reopenings is described as one where Italian can return to an “almost normal” life. This however, requires elements of self discipline as to protect oneself from the Coronavirus one will have to wear masks on many occasions have the temperature measured. It will also allow for people to see friends and invite them home, even though big group meetings are banned.

The decree was signed on Sunday.

From 15 June one can go back to the theater, to the concert halls, to the cinema but the seats will be pre-assigned and spaced with at least one meter between a spectator and the other. If they are outdoors, no more than 1000 people can participate.

The threshold drops to 200 people for indoor shows, per single room. Italian regions can establish a different date in relation to the infection. The prohibition remains when there is gathering and for dance halls and discos.

From 3 June every travel limitation disappears – including quarantine – for travel abroad to the States of the European Union and the Schengen area, Great Britain, Andorra and the Principality of Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

Travel to other countries is prohibited, “except for proven work needs, of absolute urgency or for health reasons. In any case, it is allowed to return to one’s home, home or residence”. One can also travel and to the beach or to the countryside but if you stay in your region. As of June 3rd, one can move beyond their own region.

From May 25th swimming pools may also reopen, but the Regions will be able to anticipate or postpone the openings. It is mandatory to disinfect deckchairs, sun beds and umbrellas at every change of person or family, the possibility of measuring the temperature at all. In the tank, the ‘crowding density’ must not exceed “7 m2 of surface per person”. Same space must be guaranteed in the solarium areas.

Hairdressers are to reopen, with a booking system, however wellness centers remain closed. Same applies for spas (with the exception of activities that fall within the essential levels of assistance), cultural and social ones.

By mid-June one can hold organized activities with children and adolescents and from 15/6 go-ahead also to summer centers. Outdoors are advisable, but indoors will also be allowed. Strict safety rules: staggered arrivals and departures, triage with families, frequent hand washes.

When it comes to beaches and swimming places, the key words is lots of space. Italians can return to the sea but on condition that there are at least 10 square meters of umbrellas and that the sunbeds are disinfected. No gatherings for those who love free beaches and no group sports.

Keeping all the precautions in place, it will be possible to have a coffee at the bar and go to eat a pizza. But no groups: the new parameters that provide space between the tables allow you to go out to eat only in small groups.

For hotels and B&Bs  case the general rules apply with attention to the interpersonal distancing of at least one meter in all common areas. Guests must always wear a mask, while employees are required to use the mask always when in the presence of customers and in any case in all circumstances where it is not possible to guarantee the interpersonal distance of at least one meter. Each object supplied for use by the facility to the guest must be disinfected before and after each use. Ventilation of premises and attention to ventilation systems.

From Monday, retail stores, retail outlets, but also shopping centers, hypermarkets and outlets will reopen. Under 40 square meters, however, one customer can enter at a time, in the larger ones you have to keep a meter away and wear the masks. In the case of clothing sales, disposable gloves must be made available to customers to be used in order to independently choose the goods by touching them.

There will be programmed and staggered accesses to museums , visitors must always wear a mask, air exchange and disinfection.

For offices, distance, barriers, hand hygiene, cleaning and air exchange, both for public and private ones will also be enforced

Masks, distances and separate entrances and exits will be the new norm in public transport. The vehicles will be disinfected and dispensers will be available to users.

Protocols with the various religions have been signed. Italians can go back to Mass, always keeping your distance and wearing a mask as well as in the synagogues. However, the mosques will reopen from May 25th and everyone will have to bring the carpet from home.

CD eNews 

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